Fighting type 1 diabetes

626. Jubie Wigan (The Cotswolds)

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.”

Jubie said: 

“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.”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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