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.