Funky Pumpers was established in 2011 and is co-owned by Debbie Jones and Mike O’Brien. Debbie’s son AJ, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2005.
Funky Pumpers stock is driven by the needs and wishes of our customers. Our web site grows constantly, as we find more and more exciting and unusual products for both adults and children!
Funky Pumpers aim isn’t just to provide a range and choice of products, we also support JDRF in their mission to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. With this in mind, and among other donations and fund raising that we carry out, we make a regular monthly donation to JDRF.
What makes us special is that all of the team can relate to the customers, as they all have a personal connection with Diabetes. They also pride themselves on their customer service and will go the extra mile to help a customer in need.
The team also attend a variety of events up and down the country, these events are mainly organised by either JDRF or DRWF. At these events we usually have a stand selling a range of our products. The stands are manned by the Funky Pumpers team, and we are almost always joined by other members of our family. We are always happy to have a chat, listen to your stories and share our experiences with you.
Funky Pumpers range of products are not just for people living with Type 1 Diabetes, our products are for people with all types of Diabetes, including Type 2, Gestational, Lada and Mody.
Meet The Team
Debbie’s son, AJ, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 14, in 2005. Debbie had to battle with her hospital and PCT to get AJ an insulin pump. She finally achieved this with the help of INPUT in 2011. AJ had been pumping with the Roche Accu Chek pump since he was 20 years old, but now uses the Omnipod pump. AJ also uses the Dexcom G6 CGM, which Debbie has to self fund and also uses the Libre. Debbie is very passionate about promoting Type 1 technology and also raising awareness of Diabetes. She’s pictured here at Made in Kent radio!
Mike has been a huge support to Debbie over the years and gets involved with all of the events. His wife and children also do a lot to support the team and attend many of the events that Funky Pumpers do. Pictured here with his lovely daughter, Molly, who also helps out at events.
Chloe joined the Funky Pumpers team in November 2021. She takes care of the administrative tasks within the office, as well as dealing with wholesale enquiries and shipments. Chloe lives with her aunt who has Type 1, and is on the Libre. She loves helping our Funky Pumpers community, and loves learning all about Diabetes!
Carly started at Funky Pumpers in January 2022, and has quickly made her mark on the company. Carly takes care of all the orders, liaises with our wonderful seamstresses, and quality checking our products. While pregnant, Carly was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, and had to test her blood glucose levels daily. She now has a happy and beautiful baby girl!
Friends & Family
Kev is AJ’s dad. Kev loves helping out at Funky Pumpers events. He runs his own handy man business where AJ works with Kev, and Kev is very well versed in spotting when AJ is having a hypo. His van is full of hypo treatments! He’s very supportive and takes an active interest in AJ managing his Type 1.
Daryl is Debbie’s partner. Before being part of Debbie’s family, Daryl knew nothing about Type 1. Over the years Daryl has learnt a lot about the technology AJ uses and how every day occurrences affect AJ and his BG levels.
Funky Pumpers has become the UK’s leading pump pouch and Lycra waistband supplier. We wish to continue to be your first choice when looking for new products. We therefore change our range of pouches, bands and other products on a regular basis, in the hope that there is always something new and exciting for you or your child.