Our new Charity of the Year: JDRF

Our new Charity of the Year: JDRF

Three weeks before his 13th birthday, my son James was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and rushed to children’s A&E.

Since then he has benefited from an amazing project to help develop the artificial pancreas. He is one of many young people across the UK, particularly in Nottingham, Cambridge and Birmingham, who are on a ‘closed loop’ system.

This continuously monitors blood sugar levels and adds background insulin if needed. This trial project could lead to a huge breakthrough for those living with type 1 diabetes. It’s had a huge impact not only on James’ life but the whole family’s because it keeps him healthy and thriving, and that’s a huge relief for us all.

This trial was funded by JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. There are currently 400,000 people in the UK with type 1 diabetes, and over 29,000 of them are children. JDRF funds world-class research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. It also gives support and a voice to people with type 1 and their families.

After the help given to us, I wanted to try and give something back, so I got off the sofa and started training and in April 2018 completed my first London Marathon, raising well over £3000 for JDRF. James also met the former Prime Minister Theresa May, who also has type 1 diabetes, at 10 Downing Street.

I’m delighted that Hayes Collins Media is has now chosen this amazing organisation as its Charity of the Year. This means that even more people will be made aware of the important work that JDRF does and the people it supports.

To find about more about JDRF and the work it does, visit the website, or follow @JDRFUK on Twitter.