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International Conference and Expo
August 14-16, 2009
Beaumont House Hotel and Conference Venue
Old Windsor, Berkshire, England

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Enjoy Beaumont House

CWD teens make ...

... deep and lasting friendships ...

... and really enjoy themselves

Even parents have fun

Grandparents come too!

Learn about the latest in diabetes care tools

CWD faculty make a difference


We've just landed back in England with heads filled with stories and hearts filled with wonder. Our friends here will be heartily tired of us as we tell tales of our adventures with Children with Diabetes. Friends for Life exceeded our expectations on so many levels; we met heaps of terrific people, made friends, learned so much about living with diabetes and how to improve all of our lives through application and communication. Above all we realised more than ever before that we're not alone, that our challenges are shared by many and that where there's life there's hope. Tom Karlya mentioned a quote from the Escobars in his welcome speech, the one about bottling the essence of Friends for Life so that one could open that bottle whenever one wanted. We couldn't know at the time what he meant; we do now. We'll be back, and we're bringing friends.
--Ashley from England about Friends for Life 2008

Conference Information

Children with Diabetes, Inc. (CWD) presents our very first annual family conference in the UK! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge ideas for your family's diabetes management. Participate in parent discussion groups and find new, creative ways to help and motivate your children. Watch toddlers and teens, young parents and grandparents, new diabetes professionals and practiced clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget! All presentations, activities and additional information will be provided in English only.

Who Should Attend the 2009 Event?

  • Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
  • Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
  • Grandparents
  • Children with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best friends
  • Their parents
  • Adults with type 1 diabetes and their spouses or partners

The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell

  • Friday, August 14, 2009: Registration opens at 16:00. Grand Opening of the Exhibit Area at 19:00, including dinner for all participants
  • Saturday, August 15, 2009: sessions for adults and children all day (including grandparents); BBQ dinner, weather permitting otherwise dinner indoors; teens have their own dinner and social function
  • Sunday, August 16, 2009: Sessions for adults and children all day (including grandparents); Teens will be together offsite, with teen faculty and staff during the day, at the (destination tbd)

Beaumont offers many sport and leisure facilities including outdoor tennis courts, football pitch, indoor swimming pool, outdoor giant chess and lots of open green lawn to play on. During the Children's sessions, weather permitting, all age groups will enjoy outside fun time as part of their daily programme; this is built right into the schedule. Programme details for each age group will be available on the CWD website beginning March 1, 2009.

For the structured programme, children are divided into the following groups: Elementary (Primary) (ages 6-9), Tween (ages 10-12), Teen (ages 13-17), and childcare (ages 5 and under).

The Conference Venue and Reservations

Located a short distance from Windsor Great Park, Beaumont House, Old Windsor is the largest of the Principal Hayley conference venues set in 40 acres of landscaped grounds, dating back to the 14th century. With a hugely impressive colonnaded portico, the building has been beautifully refurbished throughout and offers exceptional service in keeping with the tradition and majesty of the exclusive royal borough.

Although offering a secluded environment, Beaumont House is only 5 minutes from the M25 and M4 motorways.

Following extensive investment over recent years, all of the 414 bedrooms offer the utmost in comfort and contemporary design. Clean lines combine with the highest quality fabrics to create a fresh and profoundly relaxing environment. In the newly designed rooms, soft, brown-suede headboards sit atop luxurious beds scattered with both decorative and supportive cushions. All of the rooms have thick, soft mattress toppers and luxurious pillows, to ensure a restful night's sleep. And each room comes complete with its own en-suite facilities, including bath and shower.

Also, as standard, you will find:

  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Wi-Fi access for your laptop (charges apply)
  • Safe that will fit laptop computers (Superior and Executive Rooms Only)
  • TV
  • Trouser press and Iron
  • Hairdryers

All meeting and function spaces at the Beaumont House are non-smoking. Parking is complimentary.

There are several types of rooms to accommodate different size and make-up of families. They include:

  • Twin rooms (2 twin beds)
  • Double bed rooms with sofa bed (can sleep 2 adults and 2 children)
  • Double bed rooms with rollaway (can sleep 2 adults and 1 child)
  • Double bed rooms (can sleep 2 adults)

Room rates include bed and breakfast. Rates per night are as follows:

  • 2 adults with 1 child = 105.00
  • 2 adults with 2 children = 110.00
  • 2 adults = 100.00
  • 2 children = 70.00
  • 1 adult with 1 child = 80.00
  • 1 adult with 2 children = 100.00

Please phone the hotel if you have questions about which type of room best suits your family. Note that it may be preferable for larger families to reserve two rooms (the largest rooms accommodate 2 adults and 2 children). The Beaumont House is now accepting reservations for this conference. When making a reservation, you must indicate that you are attending the Children with Diabetes, Friends for Life conference in order to get the preferred rate. Reservations are first-come, first-served. It is anticipated that this event will sell out, so please make your reservations early. For those who wish to stay at the Beaumont House and holiday in the area, the preferential bed and breakfast rate may be extended one week prior to, and one week after the conference. Please call Hayley Fuller at 01753 640 0000 or email Hayley is coordinating the CWD room block; please direct all queries her way. Do not email credit card information as email is not secure.

Note: You must register separately for the conference and hotel. Registering for the hotel does not register your family for the conference itself.

Conference Registration

You may use our Online Conference Registration page and pay using a credit card via PayPal.

The conference registration form is available in four formats:

Exhibitor Information

Companies interested in exhibiting must complete and return the Exhibitor Application Form:

For more information, contact Laura Billetdeaux at or phone +1 734-428-8265 (note: office located in the U.S., eastern standard time [GMT-5hours] applies). Please phone during regular business hours, 9 am 5 pm EST (2pm 10pm GMT) or e-mail any time!

Special Guest
Douglas Cairns

Douglas Cairns is a former RAF jet pilot who completed a round-the-world flight, Diabetes World Flight, to raise awareness of diabetes.
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Special Guest
Melissa Suffield

Melissa Suffield, age 16, is an English actress who is best known for playing Lucy Beale in BBC's EastEnders. Melissa will team up with Shane Board during the Friends for Life conference, and talk with all of the children about type 1 diabetes advocacy. Melissa volunteers time with INPUT, a voluntary national support group and information centre for insulin pump therapy. INPUT works to raise awareness of Insulin Pump Therapy amongst people with diabetes.
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Special Guest
Shane Board

Shane Board was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of ten. He struggled to come to terms with it, but has now turned his life around and uses his talent to raise money for research into diabetes. Shane was the body double for Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Shane volunteers time with INPUT, a voluntary national support group and information centre for insulin pump therapy. INPUT works to raise awareness of Insulin Pump Therapy amongst people with diabetes.
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Friends for Life: UK 2009
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Schedule - Youth Schedule - Faculty and Staff

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