Posted: 12th April 2022

For the past few years, Year 13 have held a 24-hour triathlon in aid of their chosen charity at the end of the Easter term. For instance, last year the funds raised were donated to the Young Minds charity, dedicated to helping young people improve their mental health. This year, we went even further by holding a Charities Week at Leweston, which everyone was involved with during the week of 21-25 March. The charity that Year 13 chose for 2022 was the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

JDRF is a non-profit organisation that is committed to the prevention, treatment and eradication of Type 1 diabetes for young people in the UK. They have supported children living with T1D for 50 years by working to increase the availability of treatments and providing resources to help manage their condition. JDRF’s work has led to new developments in research technology and treatment, with hope of a cure in the near future.

Year 13 have chosen to support this charity for a number of reasons; primarily, due to the direct impact this disease has on members of our school community and their families. As young people ourselves, we also appreciated JDRF’s focus on helping children and teenagers with T1D. Furthermore, the fact that the foundation not only seeks to aid young people with T1D, but is also actively searching for a cure made JDRF stand out from many other diabetes charities. One student said,

‘The fact that JDRF is actually looking for a solution and cure for diabetes is so inspiring and I really hope we can be a small part of helping to fund research to make that happen.’

On top of all that, diabetes is not a cause that Leweston has previously supported on such a scale, so we felt this was a good opportunity to raise awareness of the disease within our school environment and hopefully the wider local community.

We raised money throughout Charity Week through various different endeavours. Firstly, all income from the Tuck Shop during Charities Week was donated to JDRF. Additionally, the collection from the school’s Matilda production on 16, 17 and 18 of March was donated to the charity. There was also a cake sale on 22 March to raise funds. On the Wednesday, a ‘Would I Lie To You’ quiz! Hosted by Mr Dillow, where two teams went head to head making statements, in which the other team had to guess if they were telling the truth or a lie. To culminate the week, Year 13 completed a 24-hour sportathlon comprised of Just Dance, cycling and a colour fight with the Prep School from the 24-25 March with the aim of raising as much money as possible.

Any donations to our JustGiving page would be greatly appreciated, as this is an incredibly worthy cause that we feel does not have enough visibility, despite the prominence and impact of the disease. To support us, please see our JustGiving page here

If you wish to learn more about this Foundation please visit their website here.

Written by Isabella C, Year 13.

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