Steve Morgan Foundation commits £3million towards finding a cure for type 1 diabetes

The Steve Morgan Foundation (SMF) is helping to find the cure for type 1 diabetes by making double the previous largest donation ever received by global research charity JDRF.

Steve Morgan, Chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation, and wife Sally, a trustee, are spearheading the investment into the charity’s ambitious research programme to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes, following the diagnosis of eight-year-old Hugo, Sally’s son and Steve’s stepson, with the condition.

The donation of £3million is being made to the world’s leading type 1 diabetes charity, JDRF, which is dedicated to finding the cure for people with the life-long condition.

 Sally and I have experienced first-hand the enormous impact that a type 1 diabetes diagnosis can have on a family,” says Steve, Founder and Chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation and also Redrow PLC.

“From the initial stages of Hugo experiencing symptoms, to him being diagnosed and finding out how we manage this life-long condition, it has turned our lives upside down. We are in a fortunate position to be able to make a difference, and we hope this donation will prove a significant step towards funding research that we believe will be life changing for all the ‘Hugos’ of the world. We fully support JDRF’s ambition to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes and one day to eradicate the condition for good.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation donation will help fund a research programme that includes artificial pancreas technology, ‘smart’ insulin and immunotherapy. It will also enable the charity to accelerate vital clinical trials and ensures research can be boosted in an attempt to cure type 1 diabetes, and to enhance current technologies, making them available on the NHS.

Type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition, affects around 400,000 people in the UK, of whom 29,000 are children like Hugo. There is currently no cure, and the condition has a life-long impact on those diagnosed, as well as their families, given the complex monitoring and management it requires.

Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF in the UK, says:  “This £3 million donation from the Steve Morgan Foundation is an incredible sum of money and a transformational contribution towards our work to eradicate type 1 diabetes,” she added. “We will find the cure – it’s just a question of time, great researchers and generous donors.

“Everyone at JDRF is extremely grateful to Steve and Sally for their interest in, and support of our work, and we look forward to a long, productive and collaborative relationship with the Foundation.”

JDRF funds world-class research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes, and is involved in many different research projects in pursuit of those objectives.  For more information visit www.jdrf.org.uk

 

 

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