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Thank you

Thank you to everyone helping us find the cure for type 1 diabetes

For 40 years JDRF has been at the forefront of type 1 diabetes developments, funding research projects around the globe. This has helped lead to improved treatments and a better understanding of the condition that will help us find the cure.

Finding the cure for type 1 diabetes is just a matter of time and money

But we couldn’t fund this research without your support. So allow us to say a huge thank you for supporting us, and we look forward to you hopefully fundraising for JDRF again in the future.

Whether you’re a regular supporter looking for your next fundraising opportunity or a first time fundraiser, there are plenty of things to get involved with. From simply hosting a coffee morning to trekking the Inca Trail, everybody can do their bit for type 1 diabetes research. Find out how to get involved with fundraising for JDRF.

Share your type 1 fundraising stories

We always love to hear about how our supporters are fundraising for us, regardless of how much you manage to raise. So whether it’s big or small, we want to hear about what you're up to! Email us at [email protected] or find your local office.


St John's-on-the-Hill school in Chepstow raises over £900 with charity day

A big thank you to St John's-on-the-Hill school in Chepstow, who held a charity day on 5 May and raised an impressive £935.23 for JDRF.

JDRF is a charity close to their heart as they currently enroll a child affected by type 1 diabetes. For the event, children got to dress up as anything beginning with the letters J, D, R or F. The pupils and staff displayed a wide range of costumes from Frenchie from Grease, to James Bond, dinosaurs and farmers.

Students were also encouraged to bring in coins from home to create a varied display of copper, silver and gold. This coin challenge was a huge success, contributing a good proportion of the total money raised. At break time there was a very popular cake and sweet sale, which was a complete sell-out.

To finish the day’s events, St. John’s held their very first inter-house, gladiator duel competition. Dean House was victorious, but everyone who took part gave a valiant effort. There was even time for teachers to take to the platform and give some entertaining performances.

Mr. Allen, head of Wye House, said: ‘Wye House would like to thank  the rest of the school for helping them raise £935.23 for JDRF. A brand new school record!'


JDRF supporters the Herretts raise more than £960

JDRF supporters Rebecca, 15, and Robert Herrett, 12, from Wilcot in Wiltshre have both taken on personal challenges and raised more than £960 between them recently.

Robert has swum two miles in his local pool and raised £503. Robert has had type 1 for ten years, but has not let it affect his very active participation in all sorts of competitive sports from Football, Cricket, Tae Kwon Do, Swimming, Rugby, Hockey and Table Tennis, to Squash and Tennis! He is a T1 Youth Ambassador and attended Type 1 Parliament last year as part of the #CountMeIn campaign.

Robert's older sister, Rebecca also wanted to do her bit, and decided to swim the length of the English Channel in the Herretts' local pool. Rebecca has swum 1,416 lengths over two months, completing the distance in 22 mile-long slugs. She has raised an impressive £460.

Rebecca said: 'All I want to do is to help find a cure quicker so my brother can stop having to have continuous injections and blood checks. Please help me to find a cure.'


Evening of live music raises £800 for JDRF

A very big thank you to Mark and Tanja Campen-Howarth and their daughter Emily who held a live music and entertainment evening on Saturday 14 March at the Fistral Beach Bar Newquay. The event raised an impressive £800 for JDRF.

Mark and Tanja were inspired by their five year old daughter Emily, pictured right, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago after falling into diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

There was a range of local musicians on night, as well as a raffle.

Mark and Tanja said: ‘We were supported by friends, family, colleagues, musicians and local businesses, to help raise money on the night and would like to give a big thank you to you all for all your support. We have been overwhelmed so far, as we had an initial goal of £500 and the total currently stands at just over £800’.

Mark has already got his sights set on his next challenge to raise money for JDRF – the 2015 Fisherman’s Friends Strongman in Germany.

Thinking of putting on your own event to raise money for JDRF? Click here to find out more!


Ten-year-old JDRF supporter's resolution to fundraise results in £2,000 donation

Ten-year-old JDRF supporter Nico Baker decided to make two new year’s resolutions at school in January. The first was to look after his sister, Hannah, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year ago, more and better given everything he has learnt about the condition. The second resolution was to raise as much money as he can for JDRF.

Nico’s resolutions have already inspired a few of his relatives to make a donation of £2,000 to JDRF and some family members have signed up to other fundraising challenges and activities.

Nico and Hannah’s mother, Pilar, said: ‘’Nico made the resolutions some weeks ago at school as part of a class activity – coincidentally and symbolically on the day of Hannah's first anniversary. Diabetes in not new to my family. My grandmother was diabetic, as well as my mum, brother, aunt and one of my cousins.

We were very touched by Nico's story. This is the start of a long journey and contributing to JDRF will be one of the ways to make sense of what Hannah is going through.’’

The whole family visited the JDRF head office to bring the donation and receive a certificate. Elizabeth Rowley, Regional Fundraiser, said “It was so lovely that the family personally visited the office to deliver this amazing donation and talk about their fundraising plans for the year to come. We are so grateful for their efforts and commitment to finding a cure for type 1.”

If you would like to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and JDRF, check out our great selection of resources online or get in touch with Elizabeth to talk about ways to get involved.


Salford swimming club raises £2,000 with New Year's Day swim

Karen Smith and Dave Quartermain from Uswim Openwater (pictured) started 2015 with a splash by holding their annual New Year’s Day Swim in aid of JDRF. The event raised a fantastic £2,000.

Member Karen Smith is also a Diabetes Specialist Children’s Nurse at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and wanted this year’s challenge to raise money in support of type 1 diabetes research. On 1 January, 160 daredevil open water swimmers welcomed in 2015 by diving into the icy waters at Dock 9, Salford Quays. Participants swam around a 200m swim course which was overseen by a safety crew of kayakers and a safety boat. Swimmers also contributed a car load of fooditems to a food bank at The Well, Farnworth Baptist Church.

Karen said: ‘Every year Uswim choose a children’s charity and this year JDRF seemed the perfect choice. It was a fantastic day with everyone embracing the spirit of the swim, we held a raffle and a hilarious hat competition. The swim was a definite success. Thank you to everyone that volunteered their time so that the funds could go to JDRF".


Nuneaton companies raise £2,500 thanks to JDRF supporter

Companies in the Nuneaton area have raised an impressive £2,500 after taking part in Grow Mow, a competition to grow beards and moustaches in aid of JDRF.

The event was launched on 1 November by Julian Little of Nuneaton Town FC. The club invited local companies to get involved or sponsor the event. Five companies volunteered: Stuart Plumbing Ltd, Sperrin Brewery Ltd, Enterprise UK Ltd, AR Cartwright’s Ltd and D.P’s Financial Advice & Services.

This was all thanks to David Parnell who has been involved in fundraising events at Nuneaton Town FC since they picked JDRF as their chosen charity for the 2014/2015 season. David's son James, 12, has had type 1 for three years. James is pictured right along with Nuneaton Town's manager Liam Daish (centre).

James said: “We have been humbled and surprised by the amount of goodwill and support we had from those taking part plus sponsors and would like to say a big thank you for all the efforts they have put in. This at a time when there is a lot of uncertainty in the world and families especially this time of year feel the pressure.”


Dickens Heath Community Primary School in Solihull raises £245 with #TypeOnesie day

Dickens Heath Community Primary School in Solihull donned their onesies to celebrate World Diabetes Day in aid of JDRF.

Jacqueline Nicholls, headteacher of the school, decided to take on this fundraising challenge after student Jake Mole, nine, was diagnosed with type 1 in March 2014. Jake is pictured right with JDRF's Cara. The school raised a fantastic £245 on the day and plan to do more fundraising for JDRF in the future.

Jake said ‘I want to be an inspiration to other children and young adults with type 1 diabetes who face the same day to day challenges the condition throws at them. You are not alone’.


Party in aid of JDRF raises £1,500

JDRF supporter Lauren Husbands put on a party for JDRF, raising an impressive £1,500.

Lauren, who has type 1 and is from Surrey, held the event on 15 November, the day after World Diabetes Day, at Sutton Cricket Club. It had a lively, party atmosphere, with a live DJ, catered buffet, Christmas card sale, guess the weight of the cake competition and a raffle. They also had the privilege of showcasing an authentic London 2012 Olympic Torch which had carried the Olympic flame as part of the relay – this was displayed at the event for a photo opportunity in exchange for donations.

Lauren said: 'I was dealing with the challenges of the condition and adapting to rapid life changes after a shock diagnosis last year, which motivated me to organise the event in the hope of creating a positive impact.'

'I received incredible support from friends and family and lots of positive feedback along with a few requests to organise another for next year. After dedicating such a large amount of time to organizing and planning the event, I am extremely pleased that all the hard work paid off and was able to raise £1,500 after so many generous contributions.'


Halloween office fun raises over £1,300 for JDRF

People in the vicinity of Portal Financial in Rochester, Kent, may well have found the offices a little scary last week. All those who worked there entered into the spirit of Freaky Friday, joining in the Halloween festivities to raise funds for JDRF.

The fun was orchestrated by JDRF supporter Jamie Smith-Thompson, who is a Managing Partner of Portal Financial. Zombies, witches and some really horrible ghouls crept in to work for the day and had some fun with a raffle and a bake sale.

All in all donations totalled a fantastic £1,312. Thank you to all at Portal Financial!


Davie Cowie swims equivalent length of the English Channel for JDRF

JDRF supporter Davie Cowie has swam the equivalent length of the English Channel – 21 miles or 33,796.224 metres – over a seven day period, raising £7,350.

Davie, 40, is from Westhill, Aberdeenshire. His son Adam Cowie, 7, was diagnosed with type 1 on 1 September 2013. David (pictured at the Walk to Cure Diabetes Aberdeen with Callum, 5, in the middle and Adam on the right) was motivated to raise money for JDRF after being inspired by how his son has dealt with the daily challenges of using his insulin pump and having an extremely active lifestyle.

He swam 100 lengths in two hours each day at the Aberdeen Sports Village swimming pool from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 September 2014 and completed the challenge in 14 hours and one minute. David had aimed for a target of £1,000 but after receiving over 160 donations he raised a fantastic total of £7,350.

Davie said: "I decided to do something to raise funds for JDRF as being a parent and watching what Adam does makes me feel pretty helpless sometimes. I wanted to take on something that would test me and would be out of the ordinary. I was delighted to complete the challenge but feel I can do more, so I will be looking for bigger challenges in the near future.

"I am blown away by the generosity of people and would like to give a heartfelt thank you to every person who helped me raise this total. The day Adam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes felt like the end of the world. Since that day Adam and my family have been hugely impressed by the support, expertise and knowledge that is readily available to us. I will continue to be involved with JDRF to help them find a cure for diabetes.

"Catriona Morrice from JDRF who has supported me all the way from the start of this challenge. Jan Griffiths and Graham Morrison from the Aberdeen Aquatic Centre were extremely generous with the use of their swimming pool and very accommodating / supportive of my challenge.  I would like to sincerely thank these three people for their excellent support."

Catriona Morrice, Senior Regional Fundraiser for JDRF said, "Davie's story is truly inspirational and shows the passion and drive it took to complete this challenge. A huge thank you to Davie for raising an incredible amount of £7,350 and to everyone who supported and sponsored him."

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