JDRF & T1 diabetes: charity of the year

On worldwide diabetes day, we’re delighted to announce our media training partner HayesCollins media have adopted Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) as its charity for the year.

BakerBaird and HayesCollins have been working together for the last five years including work for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the NHS, the University of Derby, Stagecoach and many others.

Co-owner Sandra Collins said: “We have adopted JDRF as our charity for the year as we have seen first-hand how much of a difference they make to young peoples’ lives after one our Stuart’s son James was diagnosed with type1 just three weeks before his 13th birthday.

“As a company we are going to support JDRF to help them make even more people aware of their work and the people they support by providing additional training as well as events through the year.

We will also be flying the JDRF flag as part of our corporate social responsibility to our existing clients which include the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and L’Oreal.”

There are currently 400,000 people in the UK with type 1 diabetes, over 29,000 of them are children.

JDRF are committed to eradicating type 1 diabetes and its effects for everyone in the UK with type 1, and at risk of developing it. They fund world-class research approved and administered by our international research programme to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes;  make sure research moves forward and treatments are delivered as fast as possible; give support and a voice to people with type 1 and their families.

Associate trainer Stuart Baird said: “James was just 12 when he was rushed into children’s A&E in Nottingham and diagnosed with T1D.

“Since then he has benefited from the amazing care from the Nottingham University Hospitals diabetes and clinical research teams, including the JDRF funded project to help develop the artificial pancreas. He is one of many young people across the UK, particularly in Nottingham, Cambridge and elsewhere across the UK benefiting from research trials.

“The trial could lead to a huge break-through for those living with Type1. It’s had a huge impact not only on James’ life but the whole family’s because it keeps him healthy and thriving and that’s huge relief for us all.

“Earlier this year I ran the London Marathon, my first, to try and give something back to JDRF and James also met the former Prime Minister Theresa May, who also has type1, at no10 Downing Street. It’s amazing that HayesCollins feel able to support this amazing charity.”

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