This Sunday (12 June) the Mall in London will play host to 10,000 people from charities of which the Queen is the Patron, including fundraisers and supporters from Diabetes UK, in celebration of her 90th birthday.
Among those attending will be Angela and James Lodge from Somerset, who have raised over £100,000 for Diabetes UK.
Their daughter Juliana was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 14. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by lifestyle factors and is not preventable.
The couple subsequently built a team of fundraisers who have raised a huge amount of money for the charity, including a wing-walk by James in 2004, a skydive by Juliana and a fashion show organized by Angela.
'Over the moon' to attend the Patron's Lunch
Angela said: “We were over the moon when we heard that we had been invited to attend. We are both very grateful for the generosity of the general public, family and friends who have donated over the years, and to the team of helpers who have been on this journey with us.
“We were so surprised at the time of Juliana’s diagnosis, and as well as learning how we could help her manage her diabetes, we were keen to see how else we could help – and we have been fundraising to help fund Diabetes UK’s work ever since.
“Diabetes UK has been a great support to our family personally over the years – in particular, theirHelplinehas been an excellent support when we have faced diabetes-related problems. We have also seen tremendous improvements in diabetes care over the years, both in terms of treatment and the approach of professionals. We continue to be amazed by the results of the research funded by Diabetes UK.”
Diabetes UK patron since 1952
Phaedra Perry, Diabetes UK's South West Regional Head said: “Angela and James’s fundraising efforts have been second to none and the cash they have raised helps us to care, connect and campaign for the four million people in the UK living with diabetes.
“The Queen has been Diabetes UK’s Patron since 1952 and we are so grateful for all the work she has done for us in over 60 years of service. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate her patronage than the street party on the Mall. It’s also fantastic that it falls on the first day Diabetes Week.”
The Queen will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family to celebrate the occasion with a hamper lunch and a special parade. The event will be televised on BBC One.