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News and events

June 2019

Climb 1 for Type 1

Lucy and Ann climb Ben Nevis

A mountain

Lucy and Ann are climbing 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.

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

February 2019

Costa Rica Dia Vida Association - continuing education through activity

Our intrepid dietitian Anne-Marie Frohock has been invited to join Camp Leaders in Costa Rica as part of the Dia Vida Association (DIA VIDA - Asociación Pro Diabéticos) in Costa Rica, a non-profit association seeking to create a better quality of life for people with diabetes through continuing education.

Across Costa Rica, there is huge variation in access to insulin and education. Some youngsters have to manage with just one or two BG checks a day, injections of very basic insulin and set meals that may not be appropriate for their age. Through education and improving access to more modern insulin, DiaVida is improving outcomes for youngsters living with diabetes.

Anne-Marie is visiting Costa Rica in February 2019 to work with teams in children's hospitals to help them develop education and resources to introduce insulin adjustment with carbohydrate counting for all children at diagnosis and beyond, as well as assisting at a residential camp for 90 youngsters with type 1 diabetes aged 10-21, to educate and empower them to self-manage their condition.

This amazing experience means our team can share their knowledge and experience with others: in future we hope to host members of the Dia Vida team here in Oxford.

If you would like to help out and donate towards Anne-Marie's trip, please visit her fundraising page.

February 2019

Barking mad!

Come and join in the fun at the first ever

Sugarplum Dog Walk - handwritten posterSugarplum Sponsored Dog Walk

Sunday 17 March 11.00am
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Open to all family and friends - if you don't have a real dog, a toy one can join in!

The walk has been organised by Aliena Wigan to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and also raise awareness of type 1 diabetes - and do something fun with her friends!

The day will involve:

  • 5km walk
  • dog show with judges singer Jack Savoretti and comedian/presenter Alexander Armstrong
  • delicious food and drink provided by The Chequers pub
  • prizes for all the winning dogs and best junior handlers, as well as doggy bags for all four legged participants, generously given by The Rockster.

Register for the walk by 4 March 2019

Sponsorship forms for all dogs taking part can also be downloaded from the above link.

For more details please contact Jubie Wigan:

November 2018

Stockham superheroes for Type 1 Diabetes day

Young girl in superhero costume is hugged by young woman in superhero mask

On Wednesday 28 November 2018 Year 5 pupils at Stockham Primary School in Wantage stepped out as superheroes for the day to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Type 1 Diabetes Day.

Teacher Daisy Breakspear and Year 5 pupil Ella Wright were the dynamic forces behind the day, with Daisy contacting many local businesses and companies for sponsorship and prizes for the raffle.

A company called Infineum, which runs a charity organisation called 'Smile', agreed to match everything raised up to £600.

They also received a fabulous donation of £100 before the event from J Jenkin and Associates Ltd.

In total, Stockham Primary School staff, pupils, parents and friends raised an incredible £1400 for JDRF!

October 2018

Fitness and Fundraising for the Trotman Family

Family of four links arms in front of Tower Bridge on a wet day

Once again our fabulous diabetes families have stepped up to the starting post to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The Trotman family recently entered the JDRF 10km Walk in London to raise awareness and funds for diabetes.

Despite the dismal weather and rain Dan, Liz, Holly and Jos Trotman's enthusiasm and determination was not dampened, and they all managed to complete the 10km walk and raised £310 (plus Gift Aid) for JDRF.

An amazing achievement! Well done to the Trotman family!

August 2018

Management moves

Fiona Ryan

There has been a new opportunity to develop research in the department. Dr Rachel Besser will be taking up this opportunity as Research and National Paediatric Diabetes Audit lead and stepping down in her role as Clinical Lead.

We would like to thank Dr Besser for all her work in the role as Clinical Lead over the last two years, in particular for securing the commissioning of NHS prescribing of the Abbott Freestyle Libre for paediatric patients in Oxfordshire.

We would like to welcome Dr Fiona Ryan as the new Clinical Lead. Dr Ryan is well known to many of you, having been a Consultant in the Diabetes Team here for over 14 years and the lead for Paediatric Endocrinology for the past 14 years.

Dr Ryan will continue to support the Team in providing excellence of care.

May 2018

Inspiring runner with type 1 diabetes and the challenge of a lifetime

DiAthlete logo

26-year-old Gavin Griffiths, 'The DiAthlete', took on the challenge of 25 marathon runs around the UK and Ireland between 13 April and 13 May 2018.

Gavin has supported us with sports workshops for our youngsters and is a wonderful advocate for our young people living with type 1 diabetes.

Marathon number seven began at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on Friday 20 April 2018 and ended in Bury Knowle Park, Headington.

Find out more via the links below.

April 2018

Jogging for JDRF

A man in a marathon 'bib' running along with other runners

Very well done to Mark Garrett, one our our fantastic parents, who completed the London Marathon in five hours and five minutes, to raise over £500 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). An amazing achievement in itself on one of the hottest days of the summer in London.

March 2018

Fundraising fever

Three smiling women in running clothes pose at the finish line

Congratulations to Dr Taffy Makaya, Alison West and Sarah Chapman of our diabetes team, who all took part in the Oxford Mail OX5RUN! Together they have raised over £1,400, which will go towards the Oxford Children's Hospital Charity.


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