Leeds event raises more than £15,000 for diabetes research charity

The organiser of a charity ball in Leeds has thanked guests after the event raised over £15,000 for a Type 1 diabetes charity.

The Promise Ball took place at The Queens Hotel in Leeds on November 13, with hundreds of guests attending the sell-out event.

After being postponed for a year due to COVID-19, the night was raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a global charity committed to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Debbie said: “It was an honour to welcome everyone and was truly wonderful to come together again.

“The reason behind the evening is I have a promise to keep to my daughter, that I will continue to fight for a cure. Oh, and importantly to have a good time, and it certainly looked like everyone did.”

Guests were welcomed on the red carpet to a champagne reception, followed by a four-course dinner with an array of high-class entertainment and a live auction. 

The money raised on the evening will help those who live with Type 1 Diabetes by supporting the ongoing vital research into treatments, technology and a cure. 

2021 marks 100 years since the medical breakthrough of the discovery of insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition and insulin is not a cure but is crucial to life and without it, a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes would be fatal.

The night’s 100-year celebration theme wowed guests with entertainment showing all the different music throughout the decades. 

Professor Partha Kar OBE travelled to attend the event. Professor Kar specialises in diabetes, and he is the national specialty advisor for diabetes with NHS England.

Partner of Blacks solicitors, one of the event sponsors, Dave Patterson said: “ Blacks solicitors were delighted to support JDRF at their amazing North Ball again this year. We will definitely be at and supporting the next JDRF Yorkshire Ball.”

Paige Parkinson, age 17 and living with the condition commented: “Thanks to JDRF’s work my condition becomes much easier to control, with the money raised from events more research goes into technologies like insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.”

The Promise Ball was supported by the local business community with many donated prizes from countryside getaways to a £1,500 voucher for bathroom products.

An amazing total of £65,000 has been raised across three Promise Balls and it has been confirmed that the Promise Ball will return in 2023.

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