Last night an array of celebrities, many with a connection to type 1 diabetes, joined JDRF at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London for the Sugarplum Dinner.
Funds raised from the third Sugarplum Dinner, taking place on World Diabetes Day, brought the total amount raised for JDRF at the three Sugarplum Dinner events since 2013 beyond £1.5 million.
The Sugarplum Dinner was organised by Jubie Wigan, who founded the organisation Sugarplum Children after her young daughter Aliena was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged just two.
Sugarplum Children is a website and fundraising initiative for children who live with type 1 diabetes offering help, advice and support to both them and their parents, whilst fundraising for JDRF.
Guests for the evening included actors James Norton and Jeremy Irvine, both of whom live with type 1 diabetes. Other celebrity guests included the lead from the Fifty Shades of Grey film series, Jamie Dornan, Rafe Spall, who starred in blockbuster hit Life of Pi, actor Tom Ward, singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti and presenters Justin Webb and Alexander Armstrong.
Organiser of The Sugarplum Dinner, Jubie Wigan:
“I am completely overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity, and am glowing with pride for what we have managed to pull off.
“The money raised really will be used to change the lives of the brave little stars who have to live with this condition day in day out, and that’s really quite special.
“To be able to say to Aliena as she gets older ‘we did this, we made a difference’, that’s the wish of any parent of a child who is ill – to know we have done what we can.”
Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF in the UK:
“The Sugarplum Dinner was a wonderful event which raised a truly staggering amount to support vital research into type 1 diabetes.
“Jubie Wigan’s superb work to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and her passionate fundraising efforts are nothing short of astounding.
“We are very grateful to Jubie and to all who supported the evening for their generosity.”
The first Sugarplum Dinner, in 2013, was a spectacular success, raising £257,000. Attendees included Downton Abbey creator, Lord Julian Fellowes, Justin Webb, Poppy Delevigne and Pippa Middleton.
In 2015 the second dinner raised a fantastic £620,000 on the night, £191,000 coming from the auction alone. Lord Fellowes was again in attendance and was joined by ‘Masterchef’ presenter John Torode and actors Lisa Faulkner, Matt Barber and Tom Ward.