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    We reach over half a million people every year helping them to manage their diabetes and improve their quality of life.

  • We have raised more than £70 million over 22 years, of which an average 82% has been spent on funding research, awareness and educational support programmes.

  • We support healthcare professionals and clinics stay up to date with the latest advice.

We publish a research strategy which sets out the types of funding we offer; who is eligible to apply; the processes we have in place to monitor results and how this information will be disseminated to our beneficiaries and stakeholders.

This strategy helps us to build on our mission and describes how we will use funding to meet our overarching aims over a defined period of time.

A clear strategy is important as it helps applicants assess whether their research falls within the remit of our funding availability. It provides the charity’s Research Advisory Board and staff with a clear set of objectives to evaluate applications for funding and research impact. It also demonstrates, via lay involvement, our intention to fund research which best meets our beneficiary needs.

The research world is constantly evolving, as are the needs of people living with all forms of diabetes, therefore our published research strategy is a guideline which enables us to be both proactive and responsive. It is regularly reviewed and updated as necessary.

It also enables us to assess opportunities for collaboration and helps us to provide important feedback to the people we support and those who invest in our charitable activities.

Read our Research Strategy 2024-2026

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Each year we run events for people living with diabetes, ranging from educational workshops and wellness events, to fundraising marathons and group skydives. To find out more about our events and how we support people living with diabetes, please visit our Events Page.


Since 1998 we have provided over £12 million of funding for medical research programmes, with the aim of finding a cure for all types of diabetes. In 2004, we made a significant commitment to Islet Cell Research and Transplant, a programme which focuses on the role of islet cells in diabetes. Read more about our commitment to research by visiting our Research Page.


We rely on our amazing donors who raise the funds that help support people living with diabetes across the UK, as well as funding our vital research programmes. There are lots of ways to raise money to support people living with all forms of diabetes, there’s something for everyone! To discover more about fundraising with us, please visit our Fundraising Page