JDRFNewsIncredible JDRF supporters smash 100 Challenge fundraising goal!

Incredible JDRF supporters smash 100 Challenge fundraising goal!

Posted on 06 May 2021

People taking on JDRF's 100 Challenge

JDRF supporters have raised over £120,000 for type 1 diabetes research by taking part in the 100 Challenge, smashing the campaign’s original target of £100,000.

Kicked off by Mr Motivator, the 100 Challenge saw JDRF supporters taking on sporty challenges themed around the number 100 to mark 100 years since the ground-breaking discovery of insulin.

Hundreds of challenges took place across the country, many of them motivated by a personal connection with type 1. Challenges included 100 days of cycling, walking, running and wild swimming, as well as springing into action to do hundreds of star jumps, sit ups and bicep curls! We also had creative challenges with supporters selling 100 homemade cookies and making 100 Christmas decorations.   

Supporters of all ages took part from seven year old Frank, who took on the unique challenge of 100 bath dunks, to 92-year old Robert Weatherall who walked 100 laps of the downstairs of his house.

Fundraising Manager Holly Davies said: “We are overwhelmed by the achievements of our supporters during the 100 Challenge. To reach our target is one thing, to smash it completely is absolutely amazing! Time and time again our supporters come out in force to raise money for type 1 diabetes research and we’re so grateful for their incredible support. A huge thank you to each and every person who took part!”

Chief Executive Karen Addington said: ‘I can’t thank our supporters enough. The money they have raised is so important in helping us achieve our mission to find cures and better treatments for type 1. It’s fantastic to have marked the 100 year anniversary of insulin in this way and the money raised will help us work towards the next major breakthrough and our ultimate goal of eradicating type 1 diabetes for good.”

Thank you from everyone at JDRF!