Thank you for making Diabetes Week 2013 such a success – we wouldn’t be making research breakthroughs in the lab without you.
This year we looked at research, and gave you the chance to become part of the diabetes research story. We’ve been making breakthroughs in diabetes research for more than 75 years, and we never stop working towards a future without diabetes. With your support and donations we can do so much more.
During Diabetes Week the media was buzzing with the words 'artificial pancreas' and 'diabetes', with some great national coverage on ITV News, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5Live and The Independent. There was also lots of excitement online, with thousands of people using Twitter and Facebook to find out more about our research stories.
Supporters across the UK – including Philip Schofield, Joe Pasquale and Melanie C – helped spread the word and took part in a huge variety of fundraising and awareness raising activity. In total 24 walks and more than 60 skydives took place, raising vital funds for diabetes research, as well as numerous blogs and videos, a lab tour, research talks, two legacy events and 10 roadshows across the UK.
Whatever you did, you helped to write the next chapter of our research story – thank you.
Diabetes UK has been at the forefront of pioneering research to help people with diabetes. People like my mum, Pat, and my brother, Tim, who both have Type 1 diabetes.
As someone who knows first-hand what it’s like when someone close to you is diagnosed, I have experienced the shock, fear and anguish the condition can bring. Not just for the person affected, but to the whole family.
That’s why it’s vital that Diabetes UK gets the continued support of people like me, and you, so they can continue to carry out vital research and make important breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of diabetes – and move that one step closer to finding a cure.
– Phillip Schofield, Diabetes Week supporter
See inside a Type 1 diabetes research lab
Professor Mark Peakman, of King's College London, talks about his work looking into the causes of, and potential treatments for, Type 1 diabetes.