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News and events

Upcoming events 2020

Rise of the Machines - Saturday 29 February

These events offer people with diabetes the chance to learn more about available technologies and find out what others are doing to overcome the gaps.
Enter the ballot for Rise of the Machines 2020 by 15 January 2020

Discovery Day in Reading - Saturday 14 March

This will have a T1 and Education theme: Type 1 Discovery Day Reading -

Sugarplum Dog Walk - Sunday 22 March

5km sponsored dog walk to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and funds to find a cure.

  • 10.30am - 1.00pm in Cornbury Park (Southill Entrance), Oxfordshire
  • Brunch and hot drinks from 10.30am, walk starts at 11.00am
  • Dog show with celebrity guest judges 12.15pm - 12.45pm
  • Posy of flowers for every mother to celebrate Mother's Day
  • Register at

Talking About Diabetes - Saturday 28 March

Celebrities, athletes, patients and healthcare workers will share their personal experiences of Type 1 diabetes.
Book for 'Talking About Diabetes' via eventbrite

Diabetes Wellness Family Camp - 8-10 May

Free two-night residential activity camp for families of children living with Type 1 Diabetes. Applications accepted from families of children aged 0-17 but one child must be aged 8-17, as the camp is for this age range.
Diabetes Wellness Family Camp 2020 website -

Abseils in Portsmouth - Saturday 13 June

Spinnaker Tower Abseil -

One Fun Run in Southampton - Sunday 28 June

Colour, obstacles, fun, noise: 2.5km but you can go round as many times as you like!
One Fun Run Southampton -


Marvellous Family Grants Programme

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity provide grants and awards of up to a maximum of £1,000 for children and young people who require medical support and assistance. For details contact the Programmes Team.



World Diabetes Day 14 November 2019 - be a Type 1 Superhero!

November 2019

The Children's Diabetes team raised £55 for the Children's Diabetes Education Fund from a 'Name the Teddy' activity at stands in Oxford Children's Hospital and the Horton General Hospital on World Diabetes Day. The winner was Sarah McGurk from Wallingford with the name 'Rufus'. There were also colouring and mask-making activities and balloons and pens pens to give out, along with information. Thank you to JDRF, Roche Accuchek and Diabetes UK for their support.

Blewbury School pupil promotes World Diabetes Day

Small girl in superhero outfit stands in front of sitting children in a school hallFive-year-old Lola Potter from Blewbury, who has Type 1 diabetes, took to the stage on World Diabetes Day to educate her fellow classmates about what diabetes is and what daily care she now needs to have. She did this dressed up as Spider Woman, and took in her Diabetes Bear and the equipment she needs to use for her care. Lola's family, friends and school raised £131 for the Children's Diabetes Team Charity Fund.


Definitely not out for diabetes and cricket

November 2019

Young boy in cricket whites and helmet prepares to bat at the stumpsEthan Barksfield doesn't let his type 1 diabetes stop him from achieving on the sporting front. He scored his first 100 runs playing for Oxfordshire U12s versus Worcestershire U12s, batting for two hours and 42 minutes, facing 141 balls for his 106 runs not out. He also plays Rugby for Magdalen College School and has been selected in the Prep School Lion’s Squad for the Gothia Football Cup in Sweden in July 2020. Well done Ethan!

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


Lucy and Ann climb Ben Nevis

June 2019



Three mountain slopes recede into the distance, cloudy sky behindLucy 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