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HR awards raises 6,000 to support diabetes medical research

Guests at the annual cHeRries Awards, which recognises and rewards excellence in HR, Training and Recruitment in the North East of Scotland, helped raise the funds to support JDRF Scotland.

Karen Reid, Director of the event’s organisers, Aberdeen HR, Training & Recruitment consultancy Urquhart Partnership (UP), was motivated to raise the impressive sum at the awards after a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six.

She presented a cheque on 3 July to JDRF Scotland’s Catriona Morrice. JDRF is the world’s leading type 1 diabetes charity, supporting vital research into the condition.

Karen heard about JDRF from friend and former UP employee Lucy Williams from Westhill, whose daughter Caitlin has type 1 diabetes.

Karen said: “I learned from Lucy about the affect a type 1 diabetes diagnosis can have on a whole family. Those with the condition must take insulin every day via multiple injections or a pump. It is a demanding condition to live with.

“JDRF is a wonderful charity which has a mission to better treat, prevent and one day cure type 1 diabetes, by supporting the best worldwide medical research into the condition. That’s why we were so delighted to raise such a lovely amount of money at The cHeRries Awards.”

Type 1 diabetes affects 400,000 people in the UK, 29,000 of them children. The condition cannot be avoided and is not linked to diet or lifestyle.

Catriona Morrice of JDRF said: “We would like to express our warm thanks to The cHeRries Awards for this generous donation. An increasing number of families in Scotland are being affected by type 1 diabetes.”


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