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News and events

Diabetes UK Family Weekend

November 2019

Friday 1 November to Sunday 3 November, Marwell Activity Centre / Zoo, Winchester

Registrations are now open for this family event for children and young people between 11-17 years, parents and siblings.

Full details at

Friends for life


October 2019Two young boys either side of a smiling young man with a lanyard and 'Friends for Life' T-shirt

The next Children With Diabetes Friends For Life UK Conference is in Daventry on 25-27 October 2019.

These conferences are fun and educational family weekends, attended by children with diabetes, their parents and siblings. Rufus Banks and his family have attended on several occasions.

Parents can attend presentations and talks while children are educated and entertained by a wide range of adults with knowledge and experience of diabetes - a great opportunity to meet new friends and share experiences.

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World Scout Jamboree

July / August 2019

One of our young people, Sam Earl, was fortunate to be selected from the Wallingford Scout Troop to represent Oxford at the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

36 young people and four adult leaders traveled to West Virginia, USA, to attend the Jamboree with 45,000 other Scouts from almost 150 different countries. They took part in activities and an educational programme promoting international peace, cooperation, tolerance and friendship.

Oxfordshire Scouts committed to fundraising for the trip and associated training events; Sam worked tirelessly to help raise money to cover the costs.

To contribute please visit Oxfordshire Scouts' JustGiving page

Climb 1 for Type 1

A mountain

Lucy and Ann climb Ben Nevis

June 2019



Lucy and Ann climbed Ben Nevis in June 2019 to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

Lucy's daughter Caoimhe was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in July 2017 aged just seven.

Only two days after Caoimhe's father's funeral, she was taken to the doctors with a suspected water infection, they were then sent straight to the children's hospital at the John Radcliffe and within the hour Caoimhe was diagnosed with a life changing condition Type 1 diabetes.

Lucy and Ann are raising money for JDRF and highlighting the strength and perseverance that is required each day for Caoimhe to carry out her diabetes care.

The total sum raised so far has exceeded expectations at just over £1000.

If you would like to help support Lucy and Ann, please see their JustGiving page

Family camps for children with diabetes

May 2019

Rufus Banks and his family attended the first 'Over the Wall' Diabetes Family Camp at PGL near Swindon in May 2019. Nearly 20 families congregated for this 'serious fun' camp of entertainment and socialising. Over the Wall runs other camps throughout the year for which children with T1 are eligible.

Other family camps for children with diabetes include:


Five go exploring Crocodiles of the World

Five smiling children hold a crocodilian between themApril 2019

Some of our Year 5 children went on an adventure to Crocodiles of the World in Brize Norton to watch feeding demonstrations and see how crocodile eggs hatch. There was even an opportunity to hold a snake - although not everyone seemed so keen on that!


Marathon Madness

Girl and man standing together in running shirts, imposing London building behind

April 2019

The Newton family has taken up the challenge of raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and diabetes and have inspired others to join them. So far, the family has raised over £8,000!

Millie's diagnosis of type 1 diabetes inspired her father John (pictured with Millie) to run the London Marathon, and then Millie's Uncle Jon North joined in. Millie's father has now run six London marathons and Jon has completed the Marathon three times for JDRF. Not to be left out, Sarah Turner will be running for JDRF in the London Marathon 2020.

You can donate via Virgin Money to support Sarah Turner and Jon North.

Diabetes News

Diabetes News Spring 2018 (pdf, 311 KB)