Last month, Torbay MP Adrian Sanders laid an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons for JDRF. The text of the motion aimed to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes amongst MPs and welcomed the medical research that JDRF funds in this area. An Early Day Motion is a way for MPs to draw attention in the House of Commons to an issue that they feel strongly about.
Read about it more fully on the JDRF page here. The full motion reads as follows:
That this House supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in its campaign to increase awareness and understanding about type 1 diabetes; notes that type 1 and type 2 diabetes are very separate and distinct conditions; acknowledges that type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening auto immune condition and is not caused by eating sugary food, by being overweight or by lifestyle choices; further notes with concern that type 1 is a leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness, stroke, heart attacks and nerve damage and that incidence of the condition is increasing by four per cent. year on year; further notes that approximately five per cent. Of the entire NHS budget is spent on treating type 1 diabetes; recognises that JDRF is the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research and the only organisation dedicated solely to finding the cure for type 1; and believes that more funding for medical research will lead to the development of better treatments for type 1 diabetes, resulting in fewer complications and hospitalisations, improve cost efficiencies for the NHS budget and lead to a cure.
Source: UK Parliament web site