The best-actress BAFTA nominated The Theory of Everything star – Felicity Jones – has shown her support for JDRF.
She’s following in the footsteps of her friend and fellow Hollywood actor Jude Law, who also supports the charity. Both are helping to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, and are calling on the UK Government to give better support to its medical research.
Talking to JDRF yesterday, Felicity said: “Many medical conditions have such a huge impact on daily life. For some the effects are visually obvious to people. But for others – like type 1 diabetes – it’s not. I didn’t realise to what extent it takes over – the monitoring, carb-counting, injecting, finger prick-testing.
“At Cambridge, Stephen Hawking revolutionised physics. But the university’s medical science is also amazing. JDRF is funding research there to change the future for those with type 1 diabetes.”
Felicity plays Stephen Hawking’s first wife in the feature-length The Theory of Everything biopic. And she’ll be at the 68th British Academy Film Awards taking place tonight. Originally from Birmingham, Felicity has also been nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal in the film.
She added: “I was told about JDRF by Jude Law – who supports its #CountMeIn campaign. It’s a great organisation that’s dedicated to delivering a cure for type 1 diabetes. Until then, it campaigns, it offers support, it does a lot.
“It would be wonderful if more people unaffected by type 1 diabetes knew more about it. So if I can do anything to raise awareness – and help bust some myths – then that’s cool!”
JDRF launched a new manifesto as part of its #CountMeIn campaign last week. Millie’s Manifesto – written by 12 year old JDRF supporter Millie Hainge – is asking politicians to recognise the impact of living with type 1 diabetes.
In the run up to the General Election on 7 May, Millie and JDRF are urging people to share the Manifesto with their MP and the candidates standing for election. To get involved, go to jdrf.org.uk/millie.