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Team take on Three Peaks for type 1

On 27 May 2012, ten friends will be taking on the Three Peaks Yorkshire Dales challenge to raise awareness of type1 diabetes and fundraise for JDRF.

The idea came from Ruth Robinson, whose daughter Amy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November 2010. A few months after the diagnosis, Ruth spotted an article in the local newspaper about Hayley Hurdle, a woman with type 1 diabetes who ran the London Marathon.

'Before I saw the article, everything I had read about type 1 diabetes seemed very negative’ Ruth told us. ‘I immediately sponsored Hayley, and she contacted me to arrange a visit. Since then she has been a close family friend, and has helped us immensely with coming to terms with the condition, as well as offering practical advice’.

Hayley will be joining Ruth, along with eight other friends, to walk the Three Peaks and raise funds for JDRF. The walk will cover an epic 23 miles, and involve tackling the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. The team hope to complete the walk in under 12 hours, but will be taking their head torches just in case!

To date they have raised over £1,300, and are overwhelmed by the support of friends and family who have sponsored them.

If you would like to help Ruth raise even more money for JDRF, visit her JustGiving page to make a donation.

Pictured (left to right): Maxine, Angie, Tanya, Mary, Gillian, Caroline, Julie, Lynn and Hayley


JDRF announces Type 1 Parliament 2012 Delegates and Co-Chairs on World Diabetes Day

On 25 April 2012, JDRF will hold its first ever Type 1 Parliament, a lobbying event at the Houses of Parliament where children and adults will ask the Government to work with JDRF and increase investment in research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

We have been overwhelmed by the staggering response to our invitation to apply to attend, and wanted to let everyone who has entered know that they should have received a letter confirming whether or not they have a place at the event. We also want to say a massive thank you to everyone who continues to work so hard to support our mission to cure type 1 diabetes and to encourage everyone to get involved with raising awareness in the run up to Type 1 Parliament.

Over 200 people applied for the 60 available places, and judges Adrian Sanders MP, Caroline Horwood, Diabetes Division Director at Healthcare company Sanofi and JDRF Chief Executive Karen Addington met in Parliament for the almost impossible task of selecting the 2012 delegates. We’d like to say thank you to Adrian, Caroline, Platinum Sponsors Sanofi, and also to Philip Dunn MP and Caroline Noakes MP, for their support of Type 1 Parliament.

Thirteen-year-old George Dove from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire has been chosen as Co-Chair of the lobbying event. George works tirelessly to spread the word about what it’s like living with type 1 diabetes. He was recently named Nottingham’s Young Person of the Year and since becoming involved with the charity has raised a staggering £35,000 to support research into the condition. Having spoken publicly about living with type 1 diabetes and why he supports JDRF in his mission to find the cure, George is well equipped to co-chair the type 1 Parliament event.

Sixteen year old Amy Wilton from Fareham, Hampshire will join George as Co-Chair of the event. Amy is a T1 Youth Ambassador who has represented JDRF by speaking at many of the charity's events including research Discovery Days and Walks to Cure Diabetes. Amy’s family does the Walk to Cure Diabetes each year too. Her mother Carole also plucked up the courage and participated in a sponsored sky dive with a friend to raise money to support JDRF’s vital research into finding the cure. Finally, in 2009 Amy travelled to Washington DC to be part of JDRF’s US Children’s Congress as the UK delegate.

Whether or not you are attending Type 1 Parliament, there is a lot that you can do to put type 1 diabetes research on the political map! Click here to see how you can get involved.


1Quest weekend

JDRF holds its first 1Quest weekend

On Saturday 22 October, eight children with type 1 diabetes arrived at Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest to begin their 1Quest weekend. Travelling from as far as Leeds, the children arrived, eager to begin their weekend full of fun and challenges.

Over the weekend, the children were able to take part in adrenalin filled activities, such as zip wire and high ropes. The activities tested their team building skills and nerve. At the end of the raft building challenge, all the children even jumped into the freezing cold lake!

Throughout their stay at Avon Tyrrell the children were well cared for by PDSN Jennifer Luscombe from the University College of London. JDRF staff and Jennifer ensured the children were regularly tested and, if necessary, treated during the weekend.

Raising money for type 1 diabetes research and developing life skills

In order to join the 1Quest weekend, participants had to raise a minimum of £300. They did this by asking for donations from friends and family, organising bake sales, and even doing a sponsored 10 mile walk. Their fundraising will help JDRF to continue supporting research into type 1 diabetes, but has also provided participants with skills they can use later on in life.

JDRF would like to thank the Monument Trust for their support of 1Quest and providing funding for the event. We would also like to thank all the children who attended the 1Quest weekend and we hope they had as much fun as we did.

If you would like to register you interest for the next 1Quest weekend, please email Hannah Roberts,


Ford get behind the wheel to support JDRF

Founder of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford once said ‘Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.’ Ford has supported JDRF globally for a number of years and has supported JDRF’s flagship annual fundraiser, The Walk to Cure Diabetes in both the UK and abroad. Earlier this year, Ford of Britain announced that to mark their centennial year, they aim to raise £100,000 for the charity through dealership activity in 2011.

Ford customers are being invited to donate £1 to JDRF when they visit any of Ford’s large network of dealerships across the UK. To raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and the importance of funding research into type 1 diabetes, Ford has launched a poster marketing campaign featuring a series of young people who are living with the condition.

Since its launch, we are delighted that the campaign has already attracted donations of around £26,000 from dealers who were inspired by the information they received demonstrating the impact that type 1 diabetes can have on a family’s life and JDRF’s mission to find the cure.

Hartwell, a Ford Dealership in Abingdon was among the first to donate to the charity with a shared donation of £3000 towards funding research into type 1 diabetes. Since then, there have been bake sales at Sandcliffe in the Midlands, sky dives by staff at Dagenham Motors and Polar Ford, bike riding and zip sliding at the Heartlands Ford branch and Lindsay Ford in Northern Ireland is taking to the roads in a Charity Cycle to raise money for JDRF. A team of thirteen staff will be cycling around the company’s ten locations and a total of 120 miles will be covered by the Lindsay Ford cyclists.

Greyhound Ford in East Lancashire are marking their fiftieth year in business with a two week celebration and a showroom event. For every car sold they are kindly donating £50 to JDRF. A huge thank you to Ford staff and customers for kicking things off so positively as we head towards the £100,000 total!

If you want to support Ford’s campaign and encourage your local Ford dealership to take part, you can find out more about the partnership here. 


Walk to Cure Diabetes

Walk this way for type 1 diabetes research

JDRF would like to say a big thank you to everyone who stepped out during September and October to attend one of our Walk to Cure Diabetes events.

Over 2,500 people all over the UK pulled on their walking boots and joined JDRF to Walk to Cure Diabetes, raising over £200,000 in donations and pledges.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Oldbury Court Estate, Bristol for the five mile Walk, which raised £8,000 in donations and pledges. 

Click here to view photos from the Bristol Walk on Facebook


Walk to Cure Diabetes

Walk this way for the type 1 diabetes cure

JDRF would like to say a big thank you to everyone who put on their walking shoes during September and October to attend one of our Walk to Cure Diabetes events.

More than 2,500 people from all over the UK joined JDRF to Walk to Cure Diabetes, raising over £200,000 in donations and pledges.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham on 17 September and in Sherwood Pines on 2 October for the volunteer-organised East Midlands Walk. 

Click here to view photos from the Birmingham and Sherwood Pines Walks on Facebook


London's Walk to Cure Diabetes

JDRF would like to thank all the children, families and friends who came out to walk and run to cure diabetes in Regents Park on Saturday 10th September.

We are incredibly sorry to discover that a number of people have contracted mild food poisoning as a result of the complimentary hot lunch provided to all of our participants. We are taking this matter very seriously and have contacted the company responsible for providing the food and the necessary authorities to report the incident.

JDRF would like to apologise for any discomfort caused to any of our supporters and if you would like to contact us regarding this or any aspect of the Walk to Cure Diabetes please don't hesitate to call Hannah, Jen and Hannah of the Greater London team on 020 7713 2039. 


JDRF T1 Youth Ambassador wins Nottinghamshire Young People of the Year awards

We are delighted that one of our T1 Youth Ambassadors, George Dove, has been chosen as Junior Winner of the Nottinghamshire Police & Fire Young People of the Year award for his work raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and fundraising for JDRF.

George found out the good news at the awards ceremony last Thursday. The winner gets £125 for their cause and George has kindly chosen to donate this to JDRF.

13 year old George Dove is passionate about raising awareness of type 1. Even at his young age, he campaigns for the Government to invest more money into medical research and spreads the word about improving access to insulin pumps. He has done various radio interviews, delivered speeches about what its like to live with the condition to large audiences, organised his very own Walk to Cure Diabetes locally and to date has raised more than £30,000 for JDRF.


Aker QServ

JDRF chosen as Aker Qserv’s Charity of the Year

Aker Qserv has announced it will work with JDRF as its Charity of the Year to boost fundraising activities in support of our search for the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Aker Qserv’s employees have already been playing their part to help raise money for JDRF. 25 volunteers took part in the Scotland Walk to Cure Diabetes 2010 in Hazlehead Park, along with seven pupils from Portlethen Primary School and three parents. In total, an impressive £6,200 was raised for JDRF.

Alastair Brookes, Development Manager for JDRF in Scotland, said: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen as Aker Qserv’s Charity of the Year in 2011. I’m confident that we can work together to raise a significant amount of money for research to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and look forward to being part of this exciting partnership.’

Aker Qserv Operational Director for Process and Pipeline, Graeme Wood, who has been actively involved in the fundraising so far, said: ‘Aker Qserv is very proud to be sponsoring such a worthwhile cause and will do its upmost to raise as much as possible to help aid the research into finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.’


Kian’s fundraising

Kian is raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and funds for JDRF

Kian has only recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes but he's already tackling it head on. 

Kian and his family know all about JDRF because they have been joining the Walk to Cure Diabetes for some years to help Kian's auntie, Jodie. Kian's dad has also skydived to raise money for JDRF.

Now it's Kian's turn. Along with his mum and his brother, Conor, Kian has been busy asking people to guess the name of the toy, managing to raise a fantastic £100.

Kian also raised lots of awareness by telling many people all about type 1 diabetes.

JDRF wants to say a big thank you to Kian and all the family!