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Scotland kick start Walk season with £150,000 raised

25 September 2012

Scotland launched JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes season on Sunday 16 September, raising over £150,000 to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Over 1,000 dedicated fundraisers took part in the 10th annual Walk to Cure Diabetes Scotland at Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen, and JDRF would like to thank everyone who helped to make it such a great day. The Walk has raised £150,000 so far, with £185,000 expected as the total fundraising amount. The funds will go toward vital research to help JDRF one day find the cure for type 1 diabetes. 

A special thank you goes to the Morris family from Aberdeen, who brought along a record-breaking 170 friends and family participants. Lauren Morris was diagnosed with the condition 20 years ago and her daughter Amy, aged two, was also diagnosed earlier this year. Team Amy (pictured) were out in force, helping to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes and vital funds for JDRF.

Amy’s father and walker Ryan Morris said: 

‘I just want to say how much all 170 members of Team Amy really enjoyed the day. There was a great family atmosphere throughout the day with the bouncy castles, face painters and of course JDRF’s mascot, Rufus the bear, making an appearance! We've already had lots of people asking when next year’s walk will be. If you would like to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/Team-Amy.’

JDRF’s Development Manager for Scotland, Alastair Brookes, said:

‘We would like to thank each and every one who took part in this year’s event and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. Without our supporters, it really wouldn’t be possible to do what we do best. We would like to thank our main sponsor TAQA Bratani, plus Aberdeen-based companies, Strategic Resources and Citrus Mix for their involvement and generosity as it has been invaluable.’

Leo Koot, TAQA’s Managing Director and Walk Chairman, said: 

‘When I became Chairman of the Walk we set an ambitious fundraising target and I feel very proud that we have achieved it. There’s been a lot of positive energy within TAQA around fundraising for JDRF which has helped us specifically raise £50,000 for the Walk.Finding a cure for type 1 diabetes is a matter of time and resources, and I hope that the funds raised through the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes 2012 will take JDRF a step closer to finding that cure.’

We have uploaded some of our favourite images Walk to Cure Diabetes Scotland - click here to have a look. The Scotland event was part of a series of Walks, including Walk to Cure Diabetes Midlands and Walk to Cure Diabetes South on 30 September, and Walk to Cure Diabetes London on 7 October. Click on link to register for these events - we would love to see you there.

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