First ever Bournemouth & Poole 'Walk to Cure Diabetes' is a Step Out Success

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Fundraising walk raised in excess of £18,000

Over 275 walkers from across Bournemouth and Poole took part in the inaugural Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 'Walk to Cure Diabetes', sponsored by RIAS, raising more than £18,000 to support finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

The event at Upton Country Park in Poole, opened by the Mayor of Bournemouth, Mrs Beryl Baxter, and the Mayor of Poole, Mr Charles Meachin, was one of seven 'Walk to Cure Diabetes' across the country, and in its first year alone raised £5000 more than an established walk in another part of the UK.

Janet Connor, Managing Director at corporate sponsor RIAS comments: "The Bournemouth & Poole JDRF 'Walk to Cure Diabetes' really captured the imagination of our RIAS employees, with so many taking part in the walk itself, supporting the fundraising efforts, as well as donating everything from catwalk time to cup cakes and car washing! With Type 1 Diabetes being more common than we realise, and many people affected in our community, the event was a fantastic success, raising money to support the researchers who are striving to find a cure for this disease. RIAS was delighted to support this important local event."

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About type 1 diabetes and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life threatening condition which has a life-long impact on those diagnosed with it and their families. It normally strikes children and stays with them for the rest of their lives.

People with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive, until we find the cure. Only research will find the cure. JDRF exists to fund that research.

Who has type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes affects about 350,000 people in the UK, more than 25,000 of them children. Incidence is increasing by about four per cent each year with the largest increase in children under five. There has been a five-fold increase in this age group over the last 20 years. The South Coast region has one of the highest incidences rates of the condition among children in England

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications, and is the world's leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. Visit

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