The Charities

Did you know that Scotland has the third highest incidence of type 1 diabetes in the world? More than 29,000 people in Scotland live with the condition and numbers are increasing at a rate of about four per cent each year, particularly in children under five. All rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive, with a child diagnosed at five facing up to 19,000 injections and 50,000 finger prick blood tests by the time they are 18. It's not a condition linked to lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise – only research will find the cure.  

JDRF is the type 1 diabetes research charity, funding and coordinating ground breaking clinical studies around the world. In Scotland, JDRF-funded research projects are being undertaken in Glasgow and Dundee. Both will have an important impact on the JDRF pathway to achieving its goals for finding the cure and improving type 1 diabetes life expectancy.  Right now, the JDRF Scottish Development Group is working to capitalise still further on Scotland’s wealth of expertise in biotech and life science sectors and challenge our research community to take a lead on type 1 diabetes research. By raising awareness and driving new research projects, it hopes that Scotland will play a significant role in unlocking the cure to type 1. Furthermore, progress in type 1 diabetes could potentially unlock a range of future treatments and therapies for other autoimmune conditions such as MS, rheumatoid arthritis and coeliac disease. To achieve all this, JDRF needs your support.

Each Maggie’s Centre welcomes between 7,000 and 20,000 visits each year from people affected by cancer. It’s there to help both patients and carers who are facing the tough questions, exhausting treatments and difficult emotions that cancer can bring.  

With a small, highly professional team that includes clinical psychologists, cancer support specialists and benefits advisors, it works to create a package of support aimed at enabling each visitor to take control of their situation during the most daunting of times.  It matters hugely. One visitor to Maggie’s Dundee told us: “From relaxation sessions, carers support group, mindfulness, bereavement support and one to one therapy, I can honestly say that I don't know how I would have coped without Maggie’s. They provided me with a safe place to talk, tools to help me cope, strength to support my husband and our two daughters, resilience to allow me to continue working and finally support in learning to navigate the waters after my husband sadly passed away.” Last year, Maggie's welcomed over 78,000 visitors to its Scottish Centres. It expects that number to increase to around 120,000 over the next three years. The service Maggie’s provides in Scotland costs around £15,000 each working day and is funded entirely by voluntary donations. The funds raised today will help Maggie’s provide support to as many people as possible for as long as they need it.