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Bid now for some ‘money can’t buy’ prizes

The ART ANTIQUES LONDON Party in the Park auction site is now open. Whether or not you will be attending the event on 12 June, this is your ideal opportunity to pledge your support for JDRF. We are truly delighted with the auction items on offer, with all proceeds helping to support our vital research into type 1 diabetes. 

Auction prizes include a private performance for up to twenty five guests by global music stars Florence + the Machine and other prize highlights include a sensational weeks stay for two people on the Serengeti National Park with a three night privately guided safari.

Participants can also bid for highly sought after tickets to the Ladies’ Final on Centre Court, Wimbledon, scheduled for Saturday 7 July and there is also the opportunity to bid for a chance to stay in a stunning, exquisite St Tropez Villa set in its own private 35 acres of grounds overlooking the Mediterranean, on the ‘right’ side of town.  

Or, how would you like a week’s stay for up to eight people in a fully catered, beautifully appointed private chalet, in the heart of the Les Tres Valley which boasts more than 600 km of ski trails, in the exclusive Cospillot enclave of Courchevel, France.

And, for all you golfers out there, how about a phenomenal, jaw dropping once in a lifetime trip for two people at the Masters in Augusta. Not only do you get tickets to the Wednesday Masters Practice Round and all Tournament Days. You can also revel in a round of golf at the prestigious Sage Valley Golf Course, with Rosie Jones, the former US Solheim Cup Captain, and 13-time winner on the LPGA Tour. You will have the pleasure of meeting three of golf’s greatest legends, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Every evening you will be treated to meals with your host Wayne Player in his home, giving you the opportunity to meet other guests and listen to captivating stories from the son of one of the world’s greatest golfers.

Another auction prize on offer is PGA Kent Open Championship Pro-Am entry for three golfers on 14 August 2012, which includes all meals and a round of golf with a top PGA Professional from the South of England.  

How to bid

Bidding for these ‘money can’t buy’ prizes couldn’t be easier – simply browse through the lots and follow the links. The auction will be held at the dinner at Party in the Park on Tuesday 12 June and online bidding is open until midnight on Sunday 10 June.

If you are not attending the dinner, and are the highest online bidder when the auction closes – we will contact you to make arrangements for bidding on the night.

For further information and to see in full all of the auction prizes on offer please visit:


If you want to be here on the night, there are still tickets available, please see ART ANTIQUES LONDON Party in the Park page for more details


JDRF selected as The PGA’s associate charity of the year

JDRF is delighted to announce that it has been selected by The Professional Golfers’ Association (The PGA) South as their associate charity of the year for 2012.

JDRF and The PGA will be working together to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, as well as encouraging members of The PGA to get involved with JDRF by taking on an exciting challenge or donating money. All funds raised will go towards supporting JDRF’s ground-breaking research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Sam Smith, Secretary of The PGA South, said: “Our members are a fantastic international mix and JDRF is the perfect charitable partner for us with its international reach, yet local focus. It is perfectly aligned with our own approach to business and serving the golfing community. We look forward to raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and raising funds for JDRF to benefit all those living with this pernicious condition”.

The partnership kicked off on 18 May 2012 with the PGA’s first event of the season, The PGA Woosnam-Faldo Challenge Pro-Am. With more events due to be announced over the coming months, a particular highlight of the season will be the JDRF Pro-Am golf tournament. Taking place on 13 September 2012 at the beautiful Stoke Park, teams of amateur golfers will be joined on the course by top golf professionals from the UK and further afield for an unforgettable day's golf. The PGA has also donated a variety of exciting golfing and non-golfing opportunities to JDRF for auction prizes.

The partnership is backed by Robert Coles (pictured), a PGA Member and European Tour Professional: “I know what it's like to have type 1 diabetes - I have lived with it since I was diagnosed in 1998. As a professional golfer when I play the course I also play my type 1, but with type 1 I never get a rest day. That is why I am so delighted to ask you to join me in supporting JDRF along with The PGA in finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.” 

Click here to find out more about The PGA and JDRF partnership, and to find out about upcoming events.


Come on down to Alresford Music Festival

A fun filled family orientated festival 

The Alresford Music Festival will be taking place this year on the 9 June at Arlebury Park, Alresford, Hampshire. Entering its third year the event will take the ‘community festival’ concept to another level, having been dreamed up by local Alresford resident Ken Veitch as an idea to raise money for local charities, with Ken teaming up with local artists and businesses to make the dream a reality.

Tapping into local contacts, the festival has slowly taken shape and, with just a few weeks to go, the team has grown to include eight dedicated volunteers and numerous professionals and companies hired for the day.

Ken is calling for local residents and music lovers from far and wide to come along and join in with this fun, family orientated event, which will showcase a diverse range of music styles from both established and emerging local talent, with profits going to charity, including JDRF. 

JDRF has been specifically chosen as Ken and his wife Alison have two sons who both live  with type 1 diabetes, so the condition has had a big influence on their lives. However, Ken and Alison are quick to point out that they have not allowed it to affect whatever their boys want to do, and both 20 year old Alexander and 15 year old Christian ski, snowboard, skateboard, and play football, amongst other things.

Ken said: “It has been a massive learning curve over the last three years but we now know how to create and put on this fabulous event efficiently. We now have a great local company First Option who are supporting our vision. Now, with a few weeks to go the event is shaping up to be the best ever. and we hope that local residents, music and festival lovers come down and support us. JDRF is the world’s leading charitable funder of research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes, and as my family has been directly affected by the condition, the charity was my obvious choice.  I have always wanted to put on a music festival, after being inspired by Eric Clapton’s CrossRoads Festival and this charity event is a great way to showcase good local music and highlight worthy causes, such as JDRF.

“Our ultimate aim is to have a fabulous vibe for the day which includes interesting aspects for children in terms of music, hands on involvement and many attractions that they can enjoy in an ultra-safe environment.”

So come on down to this musical extravaganza that will be fun for all the family. For further information and an event line up please visit:



Simfest raises hundreds for type 1 diabetes research

Simfest, a music event organised by Danny Simm and his teenage friends, has managed to raise over £400 for JDRF and type 1 diabetes research. It was held at Fuzzbox Studios in Wigan with local bands like Levelled, Skive and Junction23 performing.

Danny said, ‘It was a fantastic event. We had some great bands performing.  Loor a los heroes went down a storm, Smitten Kitten blew everyone away and The Relays wrapped it up in style. To raise money on the day we shaved Mad Dog Maiden’s hair and raffled off a guitar, photoshoot and vouchers.

‘I decided to put on the event because friends of mine and my grandad have to live their lives with type 1 diabetes. This has alerted me to the struggle that they deal with on a daily day basis. It made me want to help and feel that I am doing something.’ 

One of Danny’s friends Harry Baxendale said, ‘I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was two and a half and living with type 1 diabetes can, at times, be a pain. But it doesn’t control me. I control it! It means a lot to me that Danny has organised this event to raise awareness and vital funds for JDRF, and it gave the band and me a wonderful opportunity to play to a packed crowd too.’

Danny said, ‘I just want to thank everyone who played, donated a prize and money. Next year we will be back with an even bigger event.’ 

(Pictured left to right: Josh Hindle, Harry Baxendale, Danny Simm, Sam Millar, Paul Mad Dog Maiden)


World Diabetes Day

St Robert Southwell RC Primary School raises money for World Diabetes Day

On World Diabetes Day, pupils from St Robert Southwell RC Primary School in Slough Lane, Kingsbury paid £1 to wear blue clothes in support of JDRF and raised £300. The school’s fundraising events, which will help support vital type 1 diabetes research, were also reported by the local paper. 

We would like to thank the pupils and staff from St Robert Southwell RC Primary School for raising money for JDRF.


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,


Great British team shine again at Medtronic Junior Cup

On the 26 to 28 August the fifth edition of the Medtronic Junior Cup took place at the Stade du Bout du Monde in Geneva, Switzerland. 250 children with type 1 took part in the tournament, representing 15 countries for a weekend of football fun. Ten children aged between 10 and14 were on the Junior Team for Great Britain. 

Day one of the tournament saw GB team easily defeat the Italians in their first game. After this their confidence soared and there was no stopping them. They went on to win every one of their games on day one placing them a strong first on the leaderboard. 

The second day of the tournament continued in much the same vein with a high standard of playing exhibited by the GB team. The competition most definitely got tougher for the young footballers but goals scored throughout the tournament saw team GB triumphantly through to the final with The Netherlands. After an early goal by the giant Netherlands team followed in quick succession by several more, the final whistle blew and the team of young footballers had to settle for runners up position.

However disappointment didn’t last too long and once they had collected their players medals and a shiny trophy at the award ceremony, team GB flew home to the UK tired but extremely excited and full of tales of an amazing weekend which according to them all and their parents they will always remember.


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


Families affected by type 1 diabetes on holiday together

As part of the UK Children with Diabetes Advocacy Group, Adrienne Burton has organised for parents of children living with type 1 diabetes to go on holiday together over the past four years. She contacted JDRF to tell us what a success the trip had been over the last May bank holiday. When the idea first started, 14 families took part in the trip. This year 50 families came and there were over 200 people on the weekend break in The Cotswolds.

JDRF staff member Siobhan Murphy also went along for the long weekend trip.

It’s a great opportunity for parents and children who live with type 1 to spend time in the company of people who understand the realities of living with the condition and who can share their experiences of learning to care for a child who has type 1.

If you would be interested in getting involved with a holiday then you can learn more through joining the CWD group.