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We know that type 1 diabetes makes the most ordinary things in life daunting and challenging. It affects energy, emotional health, spontaneity and pleasure. We must bring the day forward when daily life can be beautifully ordinary again for all people with type 1. And that is going to mean speeding up the pace of research and clinical trials. With your support, through our Accelerator Programme, we can achieve this.
Members of the Accelerator Programme belong to an exclusive group of JDRF supporters who are part of something different. As an Accelerator Programme Member, you can choose to support a specific portfolio(s) of research that resonates with you, focusing on the things that you most want to change about type 1 diabetes. By funding a broader programme of research you will have more impact than supporting a single project alone.
Join the Accelerator Programme by giving an entry level gift of £25,000 per year for four years, or more if you are able.
Choose to invest in one or more of three research portfolios:
The Improvement Portfolio is low risk and should, within one to five years, make current technologies for managing type 1, or which are arriving soon, much better, and available on the NHS
The Transform Portfolio is medium risk but should, within five to 15 years, bring a paradigm shift in the daily life of people with type 1. Some of this research is already in clinical trials, but it needs a boost now to get it over the finish line and into people’s lives more quickly
The Eradicate Portfolio is higher risk, and we need to come at it from many directions, with some areas of discovery only just being revealed now. But, in the longer term, it will stop type 1. Cure it. So you never have to think about it again.
As a highly valued Accelerator Programme Member, you will receive updates and unprecedented access to the incredible work you’ve made possible:
Accelerator Programme members are at the forefront of a global movement to improve, transform and eradicate type 1 diabetes. Your gift will leave you safe in the knowledge that you are making a substantial difference to the lives of people with type 1, and playing a key role in the search for a cure.
“My wife Sally and I have experienced first-hand the tremendous impact that a type 1 diabetes diagnosis can have on a family. From the initial stages of Hugo experiencing symptoms to him being diagnosed and finding out how we manage this life-long condition it has turned our lives upside down.
We are in a fortunate position to be able to make a difference, and we hope this donation will be a significant step towards funding research that we believe will be life-changing for all the ‘Hugos’ of the world.
We fully support JDRF’s ambition to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes and one day eradicate the condition for good.”
“Our daughter, Annabel, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly after her second birthday. Within days we got into contact with JDRF who were incredibly supportive.
The Accelerator Programme funded research has made huge progress in understanding the causes of type 1 as well as technological improvements to the equipment available to manage the condition.
We also support the Connect Immune Research Initiative as Annabel was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis when she was seven. JDRF’s determination to both find a cure and improve the lives of those with type 1 has inspired us to support them through the Accelerator Programme.”
Learn more about our three research portfolios and the investment required to get involved.
To learn more about JDRF’s Accelerator Programme and have a confidential discussion about how you can get involved, contact:
Head of Philanthropy
Mobile: 0790 8155 605
Mobile: 07908 155 480
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