On World Diabetes Day in November 2019 the Steve Morgan Foundation made a further charitable pledge of £1million to support Type 1 diabetes research.
Businessman and philanthropist Steve Morgan, and his wife Sally, who is a trustee of the Foundation, had their family life impacted by Type 1 diabetes in 2017 when Sally’s son, Hugo, was diagnosed with the condition at the age of
seven. The Morgan family has committed to making a difference and funding research so that advances towards finding a cure can be made.
The Steve Morgan Foundation had already pledged £3m to JDRF’s mission to cure the condition. The additional £1m pledge came as the Morgans attended the Sugarplum Dinner in London. The £1m pledge will help fund JDRF’s research programme, which includes immunotherapy studies. These aim to reset the misfiring immune system response seen in Type 1 diabetes. The research programme also includes ‘smart’ insulin research – which could one day allow people with Type 1 diabetes to have just one injection a week, instead of several a day.
The pledge will also enable JDRF to accelerate vital clinical trials and ensures research can be boosted in an attempt to cure T1D, and to enhance current technologies, helping to make them available on the NHS.