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Support our diabetes research

Diabetes research is only possible because of you. Your support has helped us transform the lives of millions of people living with diabetes through research.

But there’s still so much we need to do for a world where diabetes can do no harm. You can help us get there by supporting our life-changing research. So how can you get involved?


Donate money

Adopt a research project 

t any one time, we have around 120 research projects making discoveries across the UK. Found a research project you could really get behind? If you raise £1,000 or more, you could adopt it. This gives you the chance to get even closer to the research we fund. 

Your donation will go directly to the project you choose – from tackling a complication of diabetes to bringing us one step closer to a cure.

Mo and her partner David have cycled the length of the UK on a tandem and taken part in several climbs, including the Three Peaks Challenge, to raise funds for us. They donated £10,000 to fund our research into eye damage linked to diabetes.

Mo fundraising for research

“Research is our way forward and I want to see it make a bigger impact.

I’m very pleased to see the money going to such a great project.”

Mo Latham, one of our supporters

So rally your local group, your family, friends, work colleagues, or go it alone. There are loads of fundraising opportunities to help you raise enough to adopt a project. And every time you fundraise, we're able to invest in more ground-breaking diabetes research. 

Raising £1,000 or more is a huge achievement, so we want to say thank you. To show our appreciation, every adopter will find their name listed below their chosen project on our website. And you'll get a thank you letter from our Chief Executive too.

If you'd like to be kept up to date with the research, you can also request an update or a talk from a research expert.

If you’d like to adopt one of our research projects, please contact us by emailing fundraising@diabetes.org.uk or calling 0345 123 2399. You can also send the project details, your name, address and cheque made payable to Diabetes UK, by post to our offices.

Find the right fundraising event to suit you.

Give your time

Volunteer to be in a research study

Diabetes research can’t happen without your help. Scientists need your help to test new treatments and learn more about diabetes. 

Volunteer to take part in a research study. Whether it’s a clinical trial, an interview or a questionnaire – research breakthroughs can only happen with your support. Find an opportunity you want to get involved with. 

“I think it’s really important for people to volunteer and take part in research because studies sometimes fail from lack of participant. Yes it’s time consuming but it’s hugely rewarding and I’d really highly recommend it to anybody. It’s a good motivator, it helps you to look after yourself better, just by taking part in a single study, so do it!”

Lis Warren, one of our supporters

Share ideas

Tell us what you want us to research

We want to give people with diabetes a louder voice in research. That’s why they’re involved in our research funding decisions and our work to find the biggest research priorities for the future.

Make sure diabetes research is relevant to people living with the condition by joining our Grants Advisory Panel or one of our Clinical Studies Groups

“I wanted to get involved in Diabetes UK’s Grants Advisory Panel because I’m passionate about research that will make a difference to people living with diabetes. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas, meet like-minded people, and have your voice heard by diabetes experts as well as keeping up to date with the latest ideas prevention, management and potential cures.  The professionals really do listen to us ‘lay’ people!" 

Jinty Moffett, a member of our Grants Advisory Panel

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