A Scottish entrepreneur was a guest at an exclusive charity event in London last week which was also attended by Her Royal Majesty The Queen.

Leanne Carling was invited alongside The Queen and the former Prime Minister Theresa May to tour the of University College London’s (UCL) facilities and to learn more about pioneering work that’s being undertaken.  JDFR, who is co-funding research at UCL that aims to prevent type-1 diabetes, invited Leanne as a guest due to her family’s support for the charity.

Leanne, and her family, have fundraised for JDFR since her daughter Blaire was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes in 2019.  To date, they have collectively raised more than £40,000.

Leanne Carling and daughter Blaire meeting HRH The Queen at JDRF charity event in London
Leanne Carling in University College London's research facility as guest of JDRF
Leanne Carling meeting other invited guests at JDRF research facilities in London for event attended by HRH The Queen

Following a tour of the facilities and learning more about the scientific advancements surrounding type-1 diabetes, Leanne and a hand-picked list of special guests joined The Queen for lunch.

Leanne commented: “Receiving an invite to tour the facilities alongside Her Royal Majesty The Queen was an absolute honour.  As a family we have been raising funds and awareness for JDFR for four years. My son Mitchell has raised £20,000 alone for the charity to help them continue to undertake ground-breaking research to try to prevent an irreversible condition.

“Seeing first-hand the advancements of what JDFR is doing for diabetes and auto-immune conditions just reaffirms our long-term commitment to supporting the charity who were there for us when we needed them most.”

The Carling family have supported JDRF since 2019. To read more about the Carling family’s philanthropy effort visit here