JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to become its President.

Her Royal Highness recently visited a clinical research facility in Cambridge to learn about JDRF funded research to find the cure for
type 1 diabetes. The Duchess also took the opportunity to spend time with young people who have type 1 diabetes and learn how they live with the condition.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with JDRF Chief Executive Karen Addington

Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF said: "We are truly moved that The Duchess of Cornwall has decided to become our President for the next five years. Her involvement will put type 1 diabetes in the spotlight and demonstrate how this challenging and serious autoimmune condition, which is often overlooked, affects thousands of children and adults across the UK. We would like to thank The Duchess for her support and very much look forward to working with her in the future as we work towards finding the cure.

“I feel sure that her Presidency will help more people understand what it is like to live with type 1 and become involved with the work that we do.”

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall speaking with Jeremy Irvine, star of recent Hollywood blockbuster 'War Horse' and Hannah Day at the Addenbrooke visit

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening condition which affects 400,000 people in the UK, including over 26,000 children, and reduces life expectancy by up to 20 years. It is caused by a problem with the immune system and cannot be prevented by adopting a healthy diet, exercising regularly, or living a healthy lifestyle. People with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive.

JDRF exists to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes, and is the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. At a global level JDRF volunteers and staff have been responsible for raising over £1 billion to support type 1 diabetes research since the charity’s inception.

Visit www.jdrf.org.uk to find out more.

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