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Prime Minister supports Type 1 Parliament

‘I welcome JDRF's Type 1 Parliament event, which puts the spotlight on type 1 diabetes. It provides the opportunity for people living with this unavoidable autoimmune condition to have their voices heard in Parliament,’ said the Prime Minister, David Cameron ‘I enthusiastically support JDRFs research programme, which aims to better treat, prevent and ultimately find the cure for type 1 diabetes.’

Today 60 children and adults with type 1 diabetes will be in the Houses of Parliament lobbying their MPs. They will take a message about the need for a greater investment in type 1 medical research to the heart of government.

Throughout the morning the children and adults will be meeting with more than 70 MPs to discuss what living with type 1 diabetes is like, and explain what a cure would mean to them.

They will then attend a panel debate where they will be able to challenge the Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, and other panellists on the lack of research funding and many other questions.


Type 1 Parliament in the news

With JDRF’s flagship lobbying event Type 1 Parliament quickly approaching, we’re delighted to see many of you have been working hard to get type 1 mentioned in the media. Congratulations and thank you to all of you who have contacted the media and achieved coverage so far.

Alex Newman received excellent coverage, pictured alongside his MP Tony Baldry, in the Banbury Guardian:

Emma Bailey was featured in The News in Portsmouth:

Kaye Sparrow gained coverage in the Wigan Evening Post:

While Lily Devereux appeared on page 8 in South East London magazine, The Transmitter:

As well as the online coverage, there have been some great print pieces in newspapers. Oliver Lack received brilliant coverage in the Richmond and Twickenham Times, with Oliver pictured alongside his MP Zac Goldsmith; Gracie Spandler featured in the Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer; Emily appeared with her Mum, Laura and sister, Katie in the Salisbury Journal; Danielle Sellers gained coverage in the Yorkshire Evening Post; brother and sister Jack and Chloe Gillum featured in the Shropshire Star; Danielle Sellers appeared alongside her children Elizabeth and James in the Wetherby Boston Spa & Tadcaster News; while George Dove gained coverage in the Mansfield Chad, in addition to many more of you.

Thank you to all of you for your fantastic work in attracting media attention and in raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and our lobbying day. If you have not already been successful at contacting your local media, then please do spread the word by telling your local newspaper, radio or television station about the day.

Even if you’re not coming along to Type 1 Parliament, you can still get involved. This event offers an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness of type 1 and the need for greater investment in research. This is a great chance to contact your local media and share your experiences of living with type 1 diabetes.

If you need any help or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the communications team on 0207 713 2030/ Good luck!


Member of the Royal Family recognises JDRF research

We are delighted and excited to let you know that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall will visit The Cambridge Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in February to learn more about the work of JDRF. She will meet with researchers who are working to prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications, as well as speaking to children with type 1 who have been involved with clinical trials.

Her Royal Highness will be welcomed by HM Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Jane Lewin Smith JP, before touring the facility with Karen Addington, Chief Executive at JDRF, and Professor David Dunger, of The University of Cambridge.

The Duchess of Cornwall will also meet with Dr Roman Hovorka and Dr Tim Tree to learn about their JDRF funded research.  Dr Hovorka is working to develop a Closed Loop Artificial Pancreas whilst Dr Tree will be discussing the Diabetes Genes, Autoimmunity and Prevention (DGAP) Project. 

This visit will be a chance for Her Royal Highness to decide how she might like to be associated with JDRF in the future. We are delighted to have this opportunity to meet with her as she only works with charities that she has personally selected, and look forward to telling you more about the visit at a later date.


JDRF International declares 1 November T1Day

The day will mark a month of fundraising and awareness raising activities, and is aimed to make sure that issues surrounding type 1 are not lost amongst general ‘diabetes’ messages. JDRF affiliates around the world will be coming together to mark this day and encourage supporters like you to get involved throughout November. Here in the UK we want you to GO BIG, go bold and Go Blue.

How did you get involved last year? Can you top it? We want to make an even bigger noise and raise more funds for research than ever before.

Go Bold
Will you help us raise awareness of type 1 diabetes this month? We’ll be posting 30 finds for 30 days online to highlight a different JDRF research project each day. Help spread the word by posting them on your social networking profile. And if you have a bit more time, why not get involved with the 1 Campaign.

Go Blue
Supporters from around the UK will be helping raise funds throughout November by Going Blue in a variety of ways. It’s not too late to get involved, order your free fundraising guide here.

T1Day is the start of a month packed with activities. So whether you raise awareness, Go Blue or come along to one of our Type 1 Discovery Days you’ll be helping put type 1 on the map this November.

Katy Pickering, Head of Donor Development, said, ‘November is one of our most important months for raising funds and awareness. Many supporters have already been in touch to let us know about the activities they are planning. T1Day is a great way to kick off the month and draw attention to type 1 issues.’