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Sanofi break world record for JDRF

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi got their staff dancing in time this month to raise money for research into type 1. As a corporate partner of JDRF, Sanofi wanted to get their sales teams involved in fundraising for us and managed to get recognised by Guinness World Records at the same time.

On Wednesday 18 January at a company meeting in Wales, Sanofi staff attempted to break five Guinness world records. They were successful with one, setting a new record for the most people to be dancing the ‘big fish, little fish, cardboard box’ dance at any one time!

Thank you to Sanofi for raising £455.73 during their record attempts, and for staff who joined in and danced for JDRF!

In the picture: From left to right Samantha Imbimbo JDRF Fundraising Manager Wales, Becky Reeve Head of Professional Relations Sanofi Diabetes, Caroline Horwood Divisional Director for Diabetes Sanofi UK & ROI, Guinness World Records officials


World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day fundraising thank yous

JDRF would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who decided to Go Blue for World Diabetes Day in November. Here are just a few things people did to help us continue funding vital type 1 diabetes research…

Stella Sass decorated her house in blue lights and the grandchildren iced cakes for a coffee morning at her home. Stella raised £160 for her grandson Matthew, aged eight, who has type 1 diabetes. 

Julie Crookes, whose son has type 1, raised £343 at a 'play the blues' for type 1 diabetes gig.

Andrea Jameson and Phillipa Dawson held an event in their local village hall with a host of activities raising £500. 

Phil Reynolds and other support group members organised a walk around Worden Park in Preston carrying blue lights as the sun went down.

Ashville College Prep School in Harrogate and Dalton St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Cumbria went blue for the day raising £162 and £231 respectively.

Faith Lee, aged five was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May this year. Her mum and grandma baked over 250 blue cakes raising £120 at Glazebury C of E Primary School in Cheshire. 

Kaye Sparrow, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes earlier this year aged nine, has raised £457 from events including a non-uniform day at her school and a raffle. Friends and family got behind Katie Rose’s fundraising efforts by making biscuits, Christmas cards, and playing guess the weight of the cake and name the teddy games, raising a further £178.

If you would like to ‘Go Blue’ next year, please do get in touch with us by emailing


Determined fundraisers

The determination of JDRF supporters

'Team yeah' (otherwise known as the Tanner family) had entered themselves for the grueling Sussex Obstacle Dash and spent the whole summer fundraising for JDRF and training for the event. 

Unfortunately, the organisers of the event have cancelled it. But there was no way 'Team Yeah' was going to let JDRF, their sponsors, or daughter Isabel down. Instead, they have devised their own challenging route through Hastings Country Park, including a particularly challenging stretch that they affectionately call ‘Cardiac Pass’ (basically, when you’ve done it you need a re-sus trolley!). Their challenge now is to run, jog, walk or crawl 5k around the park – including the notorious Cardiac Pass – for what they believe will be a much greater challenge than the original Sussex Obstacle Dash.

The great news is that all their sponsors are still happy to support them – so long as they are covered in mud at the end – helping JDRF to continue funding vital type 1 diabetes research!

If you would like to support 'Team Yeah' in their challenge visit


Type 1 fundraiser nominated for award

Type 1 diabetes fundraiser nominated for Champion Award

Well done to Neil McDonald for his nomination in this year's Evening Express Aberdeen's Champion Awards. We are delighted that the tremendous effort he has put into his ‘Climb for a Cure’ campaign has been recognised in the charity section. So far the campaign has raised £106,000 in aid of JDRF and the type 1 diabetes research we fund. Good luck Neil!

Please support Neil and vote for him by calling 0901 736 2734 and voting for 017 or texting EE Champion 017 to 83070. See local press for text charges. Lines close midnight on Sunday 23rd October.


Grab an oar and get rowing with Sir Steve Redgrave at Dorney Lake!

Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave will be spurring on children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes in a boat race taking place at the 2012 Olympic Rowing venue next month.

The event, which is being organised by Cellnovo, will take place on the 7th September, from 10am until 1pm at Dorney Lake in Windsor.

Most of you will know Sir Steve Redgrave for his sporting achievements in rowing. He has won many honours in his sport, including six Olympic medals – the famous five Golds, one of which he won after he was diagnosed with diabetes in 1997 and a bronze medal also.

Together with his rowing partner Matthew Pinsent, Steve was the holder of the World Record in Coxless Pairs set in Lucerne in 1994 until 2002 and still retains the Olympic Record, set in Atlanta in 1996.

Since being diagnosed with diabetes, he has worked hard to encourage people that they can be successful in sport whilst living with the condition. At the boat race, he will be offering advice and guidance to the children taking part, whilst cheering them on to the finish line.

If you have type 1 diabetes and you are aged 11 or older, why not grab an oar and get involved in the race. Bring a change of clothes, and be ready to get wet!

To find out more, you can email


Three Peaks Challenge

Three Peaks Challenge completed in aid of type 1 diabetes research

Neil Paterson and six friends from Cheltenham recently completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon. Neil's four year old son, Harry, has type 1 diabetes and the team wanted to raise money to help fund research into the cure for the condition. This is Neil's account of the Challenge... 

Storm force winds of 70mph gusting to 90mph were de rigeur. The snow started with 400m of 'The Ben' to go with a foot of snow (drifting to a lot more) on the last stretch, meaning the last 100m of the summit, up and down, had to be navigated by compass alone as visibility was so poor. The blizzards were unbelievable; snow and hail stung our faces, temperatures, we have heard, were -15 degrees, and the ravines and gulleys were hidden with snow! Very, very, very scary times indeed.  Even the trig point had lumps of ice on it! Cue first grown up conversation of the weekend as to whether to continue. We did and hit the top in just under three hours. Up and down in five and a half hours.

Scafell was a god forsaken place, especially at 3am.  Winds and more driving rain didn't put this particular lump of English rock in the best light! Most of the words we used about Scafell were short and I have chosen not to type. Up and down (and good riddance) in four and a quarter hours. 

Snowdon was awful and didn't stop raining from start to finish. Winds were stronger than on Ben Nevis and truly dangerous.  There were no steps or paths, only waterfalls. After a serious man chat 30 minutes from the top, we decided to go for it. We hit the top in two and a half hours and were back in the van just under two hours after that. No joke I had half a pint of water in one boot alone!

Despite utterly terrible and downright dangerous conditions (and a van limited to 60 mph!) we hit the top of Snowdon in 23 hours exactly and completed the descent in 24 hours, 55 minutes.

On behalf of all of us, thank you so much for your support which drove us on in our darkest hours (and there were many). 

Neil and the Three Peaks 6, including: 

Rich 'I ain't sleeping in no van' Hale
Chris 'Bright Eyes' Lewis (please, don't ask him to sing)
Dan 'Shut the gate' Gurney
'Put it away' Dave Means
Stuart 'Hot Wheels' Harris (don't mention the near miss… with a petrol tanker)
And me, Neil 'Old man' Paterson