JDRF receives £3million donation to fund research into type 1 diabetes

Posted on 16 September 2018

JDRF Chief Executive in the UK Karen Addington with Sally and Steve Morgan
JDRF’s Karen Addington with Sally and Steve Morgan

The type 1 diabetes charity JDRF has received a gift of £3 million from the Steve Morgan Foundation (SMF), following the diagnosis of Sally Morgan’s son and Steve Morgan’s stepson with the condition last year.

The SMF donation will help fund JDRF’s research programme that includes artificial pancreas technology, ‘smart’ insulin and immunotherapy. It will also enable JDRF to accelerate vital clinical trials and ensures research can be boosted in an attempt to cure type 1 diabetes, and to enhance current technologies, making them available on the NHS.

Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF in the UK said: “This £3 million donation from the Steve Morgan Foundation is an incredible sum of money and a transformational contribution towards our work to eradicate type 1 diabetes. We will find the cure – it’s just a question of time, great researchers and generous donors.

“Everyone at JDRF is extremely grateful to the Morgans for their interest in, and support of our work and we look forward to a long, productive and collaborative relationship with the Foundation.”

Sally’s son Hugo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of seven and his diagnosis has had an overwhelming impact on the family’s lives.

Through their experience of the condition, the Morgan family has committed to making a difference and funding this research so that advances towards finding a cure can be made.

They are also keen to raise awareness and provide support to the many thousands of families impacted by the condition daily.

Steve Morgan CBE, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation and Chairman of Redrow plc, told JDRF: “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 to eradicate the condition for good. With an average of 16 people across the UK diagnosed each day, we want to raise awareness of the condition so that other families are aware of the symptoms and treatments for the condition.”

Checking type 1 diabetes blood glucose levels

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