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England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham OBE leads call for DRWF Research support during this challenging time for charities

England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham OBE leads call for DRWF Research support during this challenging time for charities

Filmed message asks for continued support to funding vital diabetes research.

Published: May 27, 2020
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Sir Ian Botham OBE has led a call for people to support DRWF to continue vital work funding diabetes research during the Covid-19 pandemic.

During what is an uncertain time for many charities, the England cricket legend highlights the importance of supporting organisations like DRWF to continue charitable operations.

Sir Ian is no stranger to the challenges faced by families with diabetes – his daughter Becky has type 1 diabetes.

Sir Ian’s cricket career involved playing for England from 1977-1992 and in 1980, he became the second player in Test history to complete the "match double" of scoring 100 runs and taking 10 wickets in the same match.

Sir Ian Botham OBE

In a specially filmed video message for DRWF, Sir Ian said: “These are difficult times for all of us and even more than ever charities require your help and support. By supporting DRWF, you will enable the continuation of funding much needed research and providing support for people living with diabetes.”

He added: “The work DRWF does is invaluable. The ups and downs of people living with diabetes, both type 1 and 2, face on a daily basis are tough on both the body and mind.”

Sir Ian Botham and his daughter Becky

Becky Botham

Sir Ian’s daughter Becky Botham said: “I know this is an extremely difficult time for everyone and those who have to self-isolate for three months with underlying health problems like us with diabetes. I have type 1 diabetes, so I fully know how it feels. We will get through this difficult time and we already have a battle with our diabetes so let’s keep our fighting spirit up! Take care and we can get through this. Lots of love to you all.”

Sarah Tutton, DRWF Chief Executive said: “We are extremely fortunate to have Sir Ian and his family engage with our charity; helping us get lifesaving messages out to our supporters and those who live with diabetes as well as encouraging people to dig deep - enabling DRWF's commitment to fund diabetes research to continue.”

Watch Sir Ian Botham’s video message for DRWF here

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Sarah Tutton, DRWF Chief Executive; Val Hussey, DRWF Trustee; and Jane Sutherland-Earl, former DRWF Trustee, with Sir Ian Botham at the opening of the DRWF-funded Stephanie Marks Diabetes Research Centre in May 2010

Sir Ian Botham is a long-time supporter of DRWF.

In 2010 he officially opened the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey, part funded by DRWF in 2010.

The Stephanie Marks Appeal was established to assist in the relief of people with diabetes and raise awareness about the condition and its associated complications

Unveiling the plaque to mark this special occasion Sir Ian, spoke of his admiration for everything that had been achieved.

“I am really proud to be a small part of this,” he said. “What a tremendous achievement, and what a great and fitting way to remember Stephanie.”

The centre recently marked it’s 10th anniversary of patient care.

In addition, The Beefy Foundation set up by Sir Ian to raise funds for specific projects relating to chronic illness and other challenges that young people face. DRWF has received funding in the past from The Beefy Foundation.

Right now, everyone is focussed on protecting our health and that of loved ones from Covid-19. This is absolutely our priority. Alongside this, as a charity supporting vital medical research into diabetes, it is important that we don’t lose sight of the longer-term need for continuation of our work to treat, manage and cure diabetes.

One thing is for sure, when we’re through this immediate danger, diabetes will still be there, an ongoing threat to the health and lives of millions.

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