Fighting type 1 diabetes
626. Jubie Wigan
Jubie Wigan is raising money in support of research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Jubie, from The Cotswolds, was inspired to raise funds for medical research into the condition when her daughter Aliena was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged two and half years old.
She launched a massive fundraising effort for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which aims to create a world without type 1 diabetes.
Jubie has raised almost a million pounds through fundraising dinners and has created the Sugarplum Children website holding the largest online directory of food information to support parents of children with the condition.
In a personal letter to Jubie, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Your determination and drive to support your daughter Aliena and others with type 1 Diabetes is allowing children and their families to manage the condition so they can get on and enjoy life. I have seen first-hand the phenomenal effort you put into raising a staggering amount for JDRF and the important work Sugarplum Children is doing to help families have the information they need.”
“I am so honoured to have been chosen as the recipient of this prestigious award. To have the work I do with Sugarplum Children recognised at this level gives me the drive and energy I need to take my fundraising to the next level, helping to make the daily ordeal of life with type 1 for all those brave little stars a thing of the past.”