Blue day in aid of diabetes

J.S.Holmes staff taking part in 'Go Blue' day raising funds type 1 diabetes
J.S.Holmes staff taking part in 'Go Blue' day raising funds type 1 diabetes

JS Holmes in Wisbech St Mary turned blue on Friday to raise money for research into Type 1 diabetes.

Staff at the Nissan and Ford dealership dressed in blue, held a raffle and played games to raise cash for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

It was part of a partnership between JDRF and the UK branch of Ford, which aimed to raise £100,000 for the charity in 2011 to mark the centenary year of Ford in Britain.

It was continuing a long tradition of raising money for JDRF. The first fundraising event took place in 1983 when the great-grandson of Henry Ford started supporting the charity because his son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

There was also a personal link for JS Holmes, as company director Nobby Holmes has diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin. This leads to a build-up of glucose in the blood.

It can develop at any age but usually appears before the age of 40, and especially in childhood. It is treated by daily insulin injections, a healthy diet and regular physical activity.