Freaky Friday fundraising

Fancy dress and a cake sale raised over £300 for JDRF diabetes charity.

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Kent-based pensions specialist Portafina has raised £338.40 with a Halloween event for diabetes charity JDRF.

Portafina, whose office is based in Rochester, held its ‘Freaky Friday’ event last week, including fancy dress, a cake sale and a raffle, with employees contributing on behalf of the charity. The combined sum raised was £338.40, all of which will be donated to JDRF.

Type 1 diabetes is irreversible, and of the 400,000 people in the UK that have the disease, 29,000 are children. JDRF is the world's leading charitable funder of research into type 1 diabetes.

Jamie Smith-Thompson, managing director at Portafina, said: "Diabetes is a terrible disease and one that is very personal to us. Unfortunately, type 1 diabetes usually receives less attention than type 2, so a lot of people are unaware of the differences. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by lifestyle factors; it is an autoimmune condition that often affects young children who then spend the rest of their lives with the disease. Their survival depends on daily insulin injections. Efforts to help victims of type 1 diabetes have seen the life expectancy of those born after 1965 increase to 69, when previously sufferers had an average lifespan 20 years shorter than the general population.

"Research into the prevention and cure of this disease is essential, and JDRF's staff and volunteers have raised over £1 billion to fund that research. We are delighted to support JDRF so that it can continue its lifesaving work."

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