Diabetes is a condition that affects more than 2.2 million people in the UK alone; 85-90% of which suffer from the more common type 2 diabetes, whilst the remaining 10-15% are in the type 1 bracket. Type 1 diabetes initiates when the body prohibits insulin being produced in the pancreas, which is often caused by a lack of insulin or damage to the pancreas gland. While the condition cannot be prevented, there are many studies currently on-going to explore the causes, treatments and possible cures for the disease.
There are currently 20,000 children in Britain who are affected by type 1 diabetes which is why Jamie Smith Thompson, MD of pension company Portafina is set on bringing worldwide attention to the cause and has high hopes of a cure being found in the near future. The Kent-based company are just one of a few businesses in Britain who are determined to do their bit to raise money for the condition.
Jamie has a strong personal connection with those who suffer from diabetes, which is one of the main motives for the company’s strong efforts. Due to this, he has gone on to develop a close relationship with the charity JDRF, who are the leading funders for type 1 diabetes research in the world.
The charity is set on discovering suitable treatments to help treat the lifelong condition, with the overall dream of finding a cure for current sufferers, as well as methods of prevention for those who show early symptoms of the disease. JDRF are aiming to bring businesses together to help spread the word, through organising events and fundraisers to get wider communities involved.
Staff at Portafina raised an incredible £1000 after taking part in the Ride to Cure Diabetes which took place earlier this year. Although the event did take place earlier on in 2018, Portafina are still taking donations via their JustGiving page with the hope of the campaign catching the attention of a larger audience via social media channels.
The company are passionate about spreading as much awareness as possible about their campaign and would ask those who are keen on finding out more to contact them via their Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn, and YouTube pages, in which they are able to share their news and updates with supporters.
If you are interested in finding out more about the company, their campaign, and Jamie Smith Thompson’s personal story, please contact Portafina today. Portafina’s social media channels will provide all the information you need on how you are able to join in with their awareness campaigns and how you can raise money for the cause, should you wish to play a part in beating diabetes once and for all.
For further information, check out their other social media accounts. Follow @Portafina UK on Twitter and check out their Portafina Youtube account for the latest info. You might also find the Portafina Linked In page helpful in terms of how you can get involved.