Two diabetes charities merge with immediate effect

Input and the JDRF say they have worked together for a decade and there are no financial motives behind the decision

The new logo for Input
The new logo for Input

The diabetes charities Input and the JDRF have merged with immediate effect, the charities have announced.

The merger has been pursued to allow Input to help more people access diabetes technology in the UK, which is the main focus of the charity, a spokeswoman for JDRF said.

She said the two charities had collaborated for a decade and the merger had not been pursued for financial reasons.

The JDRF has an annual income of approximately £7m; Input has an income of £25,000 a year.

The spokeswoman for the JDRF said that, despite the merger, Input would retain a clear, singular voice on issues relating to diabetes technology access, and the charity would keep separate website and social media channels.

The JDRF’s branding will not change, but Input will adopt a new name and branding to highlight the merger with other charity.

There would be no job losses as a result of the merger, the spokeswoman said. The JDRF has 70 staff and Input only two.

Karen Addington will remain chief executive of the JDRF, while Lesley Jordan has switched from chief executive of Input to senior technology access specialist at the JDRF.

The trustees for Input are stepping down, and the JDRF board will remain unchanged.

Input is now based in the JDRF’s offices in Islington, north London, where it has been based since July.

Addington said: "Ours is an ideal charity merger. Lesley and I have known each other for more than a decade and have worked closely together on many issues.

"Our two charities have similar aims; to improve the treatment of type 1 diabetes through research and by helping people access the technology to enable them to best manage their condition. We bring complementary expertise that together will increase our collective impact."

Jordan said: "We bring value in providing individual, personal advice to people with type 1 diabetes from a technology perspective. We can therefore build people’s skills, knowledge and confidence in managing type 1 diabetes by complementing the clinical support and advice from healthcare professionals."

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