Aker Solutions raises £7,000 for JDRF
International oil services company Aker Solutions has donated £7,000 to help support the work of leading type 1 diabetes charity Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Employees at the company’s Portlethen premises staged a number of fundraising activities throughout 2011 to help generate funds for the charity’s search for a cure to type 1 diabetes. These included a sponsored parachute jump, a silent auction, a golf tournament at Carnoustie and entering a team in the Scotland Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes affects about 350,000 adults in the UK, including over 26,000 children. An auto-immune condition, it can cause devastating complications including blindness, heart disease, amputation, stroke and kidney failure and reduces life expectancy by about 20 years.
Garry Michie, operations director of well services at Aker Solutions said: “I am extremely proud of the efforts of our employees, both those who gave their time by taking part in events and those who dug deep to support them. It’s great to know that the money we raised will help JDRF fund more vital research into finding a cure for this debilitating condition.”
Alastair Brookes, JDRF’s development manager in Scotland, said: “This is such a great achievement for the staff at Aker Solutions and one which will greatly benefit JDRF. We are very grateful to the company for their continued support, staff set a great example of how people can get involved with JDRF and it is crucial that we continue raising more money to help support new research into type 1 diabetes.”
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