Monday, November 17, 2014

Look what all your fundraising efforts have achieved.....

When this fundraising started nearly 3 years ago we never imagined that so much would be achieved, but we are now able to inform you that all your hard work, fundraising, running, cycling and sponsorship has paid off.

Dr Kath Price at Sheffield Children's Hospital got in touch to tell us that along with the funds raised by kidswithtod and further support from the Children's hospital charity she now has sufficient funds to start the next 'KICk-OFF' educational research study in children from 4-11yrs looking at the best ways to teach our children, their families and carers how to manage their diabetes.

This is the letter we received from Dr Price:

To KIDSWITHTOD fundraising.

Thanks to the heroic fundraising efforts of KIDSWITHTOD families and friends and funding from The Children’s Hospital Charity we are now able to take forward a new research project which is focusing on younger children with type 1 diabetes.

We are calling this KICk-OFF Junior as it is a spin off from the KICk-OFF project which developed an education course for 11-16 yr olds with diabetes.

We realise that there is a huge amount to learn when a child develops diabetes. Many children are diagnosed when they are very young and so the initial education is largely focussed on their parents. As they grow up, they need to learn how to manage their diabetes themselves so that when they move into secondary school they can be moderately independent and can hopefully keep good diabetes control.

During the KICk-OFF Junior project we will work with primary school teachers to develop 
educational material which is suited to various age groups – from reception class level through to year 6. We will produce lesson plans for diabetes teams to follow and will have games and activities which help children learn more about their diabetes but in a fun way and in a way that is familiar to them from school.

We will then run some of these new sessions in Sheffield. We will be asking families about their experiences and also measuring through questionnaires and by looking at the diabetes control, whether they seem to have been helpful. We will also be working with experts in education who will observe the teaching to see if they can suggest better ways of doing it.

All research takes time and money but we feel this is a fantastic opportunity to help diabetes teams across the UK to teach their children about their diabetes. At the end of the day, the main aim is to help children have good diabetes control and lead full and healthy lives.

Many thanks to TOD for making this happen.

Dr Kath Price.
Sheffield Children Hospital.

To each and everyone of you that got involved Thank you.

Monday, April 7, 2014

We still did it...

I am very pleased to be able to let you know that despite the problems at yesterday's Sheffield half marathon and fun run Team ToD still participated in both events raising awareness and funds for research into Type 1 diabetes in children at Sheffield Children's Hospital.

 Thanks to all 8 half marathon runners and the 37 children and parents that enjoyed the fun run.

A huge thank you to everyone who have sponsored us.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Rosey, an amazing lady.

Hi ToD supporters

Thanks so much to all of you who have already signed up to joining Team ToD at the Sheffield Half Marathon and family fun run. One of our amazing half marathon runners is Rosey Alexander. Rosey was diagnosed with Type 1 twenty years ago and this year we are privileged to have her join our team.

This is her story...
"I got diagnosed with Type 1 when I came to Sheffield Uni in 1994, at the age of 18. A husband, 3 gorgeous kids and a successful architecture practice later I'm still healthy and active. You can't ever forget that you're diabetic, but being Type 1 has never stopped me doing things, including running half marathons. This year I'm hoping to run my first full marathon too. 
I can understand how limiting it can be for kids with Type 1. Managing the condition is easier if you lead a sedentary, predictable existence. And what kid wants to do that? With support, research and improved technology, kids with Type 1 can get out there and run races, run rings around their parents, run their own lives." Rosey. 


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014 Sheffield Half Marathon & Family Fun Run...

Hi ToD supporters,

Hope all is well and you're up for new challenges this year.. It's time to dust off those running shoes and start training....
This will be Team ToD's 3rd year at the Sheffield Half Marathon and fun run on April 6th 2014 and we really hope you're ready to join us. 

We're also planing to hold the ToD ball again later in the year but will keep you posted. 

If anyone is planning on a personal challenge and would like to raise funds and awareness for ToD along the way please let us know,

Last year 117 people ran for Team ToD. 67 children, 41 adults and 9 half marathon runners. 

Follow these steps to register you/your child and receive your fundraising pack:

  1. Go to the Sheffield Half-Marathon 2014 online entry page on the Runner's World website. Select the "Half marathon or Family 3K Fun Run" and complete the online application form. It's £27.00 for unaffiliated members and £25.00 for affiliated, for the fun run it's £6.00 for each adult and child.


    Download the entry form (PDF) from the Sheffield Half Marathon website. Print and send the 
    completed form with the £5 registration fee to: Sheffield Marathon Ltd, c/o HS Sports, Kinetic House, Varey Road, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1UW.

  2. Send an email message to Clare Pye at including your name, address, and T-shirt size. Your fundraising pack and "ToD" T-shirt will sent to you.

Fundraising web site

We have also set-up a "just giving" web site in the hope that our supporters will find this an easy and convenient way of supporting this fundraising.

Please e-mail the link below to all your family & friends asking them to sponsor you/your child on line.

We look forward to seeing you on the track.

Thank you.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Better Late than Never??

The Stairway decorated withthe kids pumpkins

Opening remarks

One of few in focus - everyone was too busy having a good time it appears?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Last nights ToD ball was an amazing success.

What a fantastic evening..... With the help and support of the guests at last nights Inaugural ToD ball we managed to raise over £3,000. 
The hall looked amazing with the pumpkin table decorations (made and carved by children and supporters of ToD on Friday) and the evening kicked off with a speech by Dr Neil Wright giving an explanation of how life for children with ToD is affected. He also shared with us how the funds raised would be supporting valuable research at Sheffield Children's Hospital, looking at the most appropriate and effective education tools teaching children and their families/carers how to manage the disease whilst reclaiming some of the independence they lose as a result of it and hopefully preventing longterm health issues. 
Then we sat down to a delicious meal expertly cooked by the chefs from kudos catering based at the hall while being entertained by the mesmerizing, slight of hand of magician Mark Maycock.
 After dinner the amazingly powerful voice of jazz singer John Colgrave took us into a game of 'heads & tails' won by Andrew Rodgers. 
The evening was successfully managed by the immensely skilled toastmaster and auctioneer Robert Leeming who was instrumental in raising a staggering £1, 930. 
Due to the generous raffle donations and a very guick tally we are aware that a further £1,000 was raised from raffle sales. The final amount will be communicated tomorrow once we have counted and collected all the donations.
All in all there was lots of laughter and fun and a great time was had by all. 

The support received was overwhelming and we thank each and every one of you for helping make a difference to the lives of kids with type 1 diabetes in Sheffield. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

More Raffles for Saturdays charity ball....

Paul Smith aftershave
Golf for 4 at Totley
Beer donated by Bradfield Brewery
Wine donated by Le Bon Vin
Chocolate donated by WHSmiths
Kobo mini eReader
Ladies bath products from L'Occitane

And more promised.....

Saturday, October 12, 2013

ToD Halloween ball tickets.

We still have a few tickets left if anyone would like to join us at Cutlers Hall on 26/10/13. Going to be a great evening..

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ball Auction lots finalised ..... SEE BELOW

Welcome to the 2013 Inaugural ToD  Halloween Ball

Inside are the details of the auction Lots.


We are delighted to formally welcome you to the Inaugural ToD charity ball.

We are here tonight to help children who have contracted an incurable, life changing, life affecting illness, Type 1 Diabetes.

No one knows what causes Type 1 Diabetes, it is believed to be caused by a virus, but no one has as yet been able to halt its devastating effects on our children.

Tonight we are raising funds for research at Sheffield Childrens Hospital into identifying better ways of managing the disease for these children and their families.

Tonight we welcome Dr Neil Wright, Consultant Paediatrician at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital who will talk about the valuable diabetes research he and his colleagues are performing and how this research will improve the quality of life of those affected.   

With Gratitude

We have many people to thank for helping to make the Inaugural ToD Ball a success.

So many have given generous donations gifts and prizes. But those (especially the Crosspool  Mums )who have donated the most precious thing of all, their time we thank you most sincerely, without you we wouldn’t be here.

Donations of time include all of the people who helped us prepare the decorations for the Hadfield hall, especially the children; James, Grace, Finn, Ellie, George, Sofia, Albert, Paddy, Letti, Lena, Sarah, Sam, Jack, Linus, Dominic, Daniel, Laura & Rebecca for their individual pumpkin table decorations. 

Robert Leeming our superb Toast Master & Auctioneer, Jon Colgrave for his silky jazz voice and one of Sheffield’s top magicians Mark Maycock.

Each gift in the auction and raffle has been donated with no strings or cost. It has been most humbling for us to experience how people are prepared to be so generous; in some cases with treasured possessions they spent years obtaining themselves, as well as those companies who were willing to help us.

Our thanks and gratitude goes to them all and of course to all of you for attending and supporting this event.

We hope you all have a wonderful evening and thank you for your support.


The ToD Ball

7pm Bucks Fizz reception with entertainment by Magician Mark Maycock

Opening Message by Dr Neil Wright

4 Course Dinner

-A tartlet of Mediterranean vegetables on a bed of seasonal leaves with French dressing.

-Brisket of beef braised in garlic and Pride of Sheffield Ale served with seasonal vegetables and potatoes
- Gateau of savoury pancake filled with vegetables and mushrooms and glazed with cheese

-Dark chocolate cup filled with raspberry mouse served with fruit coulis

-Tea/Coffee and mints


Jazz Singer- Jon Colgrave

Heads & Tails

Grand Auction- Robert Leeming


Dancing supplied by Double 7  

Carriages: 12:15am

Auction Donations

Please NOTE: If anyone would like to make a silent donation for any of the following lots before the 26th October 2013 then please contact David or Clare on 07739 518414 or e-mail and your bid will be treated with the upmost discretion.  

Lot 1.
Valued at £900
Luxury Villa with private pool in Vassiliki, Lefkas, Greece
One full weeks accommodation

Sleeps up to 6 in 3 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms

Vassiliki is a traditional fishing village, located at the southern-most tip of the beautiful island of
Lefkas. It overlooks Kephalonia and is part of the Ionian group of islands in the North West of Greece. It is world famous for windsurfing, but has managed to retain its unspoilt charm with chilled tavernas, cafes and bars lining the picturesque harbour.
The port supports ferries to nearby Ithaca and Kefalonia, making the resort an ideal base to explore from should you wish to.

Villa Petros is the most beautiful private villa sitting in the hills overlooking the bay at Vassiliki.  The villa is fully equipped and furnished both indoor and outdoor to include sunbeds, BBQ, free Wifi, Satellite TV, Air Conditioning in all rooms, linen & towels etc.

The owner has made the villa available from Sunday 4th May to Sunday 11th May 2014 and will be available to ensure clients have a superb Villa Holiday. (David & Clare can personally recommend this villa and the village of Vassiliki with no hesitation. Enjoy).  
Please note the villa does not include flights.
See website for more details (Villa Petros):

Lot 2.
Valued at £250

Losehill Hotel & Spa

Award winning Derbyshire Hotel Losehill House Hotel & Spa.
1 Night Midweek ‘Kings Special’ Break inclusive of Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and full use of the hotels Spa Facilities for two people.

Lot 3.
Value: priceless

Lydia Monks Original Artwork

Lydia Monks is an award winning and hugely successful children’s author & illustrator living in Sheffield. She is famous for her bold and colourful style with over 70 children’s books published worldwide.
Lydia has very kindly donated a beautifully mounted & framed piece of artwork using a mixture of acrylic paint and collage. The picture donated is the original artwork used in the book written by Roger McGough ‘What on earth can it be’.  Lydia has also kindly donated a signed copy of the book.

Lot 4.
Valued at £350 to £450
One week stay in Little Lilac Cottage, Castleton

The owner of this beautiful luxuriously appointed 1 bedroom cottage in Castleton with open beams and wood burning stove has offered 1 week from Friday 28th March to Friday 4th April 2014.
This 350 yr old cottage is situated at the foot of Peveril castle in the picturesque village of Castleton, overlooking the village square.
The cottage is deceptively spacious with a home from home feeling. It has many original features such as stone walling and ceiling beams. The accommodation briefly comprises living room, breakfast kitchen with Aga style cooker, washer/drier, Microwave, large double bedroom, bathroom with rolled top Victorian bath and separate shower cubicle, DVD player, telephone, bedding, towels, electricity and central heating are all included along with Wi-Fi and off road parking. This is a non smoking property.

Lot 5.
Valued at £325

Cornwall Family get away

Bedruthan Steps Luxury Hotel and Spa

If you’re planning a holiday to Cornwall why not include a night in this fantastic family focused luxury hotel looking over the beach at Mawgan Porth.
A Dinner, bed and breakfast stay in a Sea View Villa sleeping up to 2 Adults and 2 Children (max age 15) with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cornwall’s Hotel of the Year 2012”

     This lot is available until December 2014 and can be redeemed at any time outside of July, August and May half term. It includes all the facilities you would expect of a quality 4 star hotel

Further details:

Lot 6.
Valued at £150

Titanic Spa Heat and Ice Experience for two

The UKs first Eco Spa and Winner of the Good Spa Guide “Best Regional Spa in the UK

The Titanic Spa experience in Huddersfield is a full day experience for 2 persons valid any Monday to Thursday until 26th January 2014.
Based on the ritual of bathing where the body is heated and then cooled by a series of experiences with the ultimate aim of inducing deep relaxation.
The donation includes lunch and use of ‘Club Titanic’ which includes a Technogym gymnasium, salt regulated pool, hydrozone, steam and sauna rooms before taking time out in the ‘rest and relaxation room’. 

See how good it is at:

Lot 7.
Valued at £80-£100

4 Ball Golf day at Hallamshire Golf Club

This Harry Colt designed course has a great reputation for the quality of it’s greens, year round playability and friendly members.
Alongside the recently refurbished clubhouse and enviable reputation for its food this makes for a great golf day.
Valid until 30th August 2014 on any weekday.

Lot 8.
Valued at £80-£100
Signed Man Utd football shirt

Original, embossed and signed 2013 David De Gea football shirt from Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial match against FC Sevilla. 


Lot 9.
Valued at £100

Christmas Meat Hamper

Full Christmas Dinner to include turkey, pork, chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon and all donated by quality butcher Philip James of Sandygate Road, Crosspool, Sheffield 0114 266 9530

Lot 10.
Valued at £500
Financial Life Planning

Including full cash forecasting session utilising ‘Voyant’ system with a Chartered Financial Adviser from BROADSTONE Financial Advisers.

Life planning can help you answer some of the big questions you face at different life stages.  Using a sophisticated modelling tool it can help you consider all the ‘life stages’ you will potentially face and establish a clear roadmap to achieve your aspirations for the future.

It can offer you peace of mind or provide the impetus to take action now. It may even cause you to re-assess your goals.  Irrespective it will provide you with a clear, robust and thoughtful financial strategy.

Your Entertainment this evening has generously been donated by:
Toast Master  & Auctioneer Robert Leeming: Robert has very generously donated his time and skills to help ensure the evening is a success. Telephone: 0114 233 5800 Mobile: 07837 064601
Magician Mark Maycock:  Mark has been performing magic since a young age and his success has been founded on performing close up magic with a strong, modern and original sleight of hand. Mark has the experience and expertise to ensure he can add that touch of magic to any event! Email:  Website:

Jazz Singer Jon Colgrave: Jon is a singer/songwriter from Sheffield who has performed nationally and internationally for over 15 years and has established a loyal fan base. He performs his own songs which include 'He Stole Your Heart', 'Love For One Night', 'I Shouldn't Love You' and 'A Memory’ along with Jazz and Big Band standards such as 'For Once In My Life', 'The Best Is Yet To Come', 'The More I See You' and 'Misty'.
His voice is highly regarded especially live where he is in his element.
Contact: 07704 788441
Raffle donations:
Grosvenor G Casino Sheffield. Has kindly donated full house package including 3 course meal for 2 persons.

One night stay for 2 people at Jurys Inn Sheffield. Includes full English breakfast

Other donations have been supplied by Clarins (at John Lewis), Sinclairs, Mitchells wines, Ypsomed, The Relaxation Den, Bradfield brewery,
The pumpkins have been donated by Just Natural- Crookes, Waitrose Sheffield, 
With your help tonight we can make it better! On behalf of all our children thank you for your support

David & Clare Pye.