Funky Pumpers was created in 2011 by Sabrina Dawe, with the aim of providing fun, practical and affordable pump pouches. Since then the company has grown and developed. Funky Pumpers are delighted to now offer a full range of products for adults and children with Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Mody, Lada, Gestational Diabetes etc.
Funky Pumpers is now owned and run by Debbie Jones and Mike O’Brien.
Funky Pumpers aim isn’t just to provide a range and choice of products. Funky Pumpers 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 Funky Pumpers special is that all of the team can relate to the customers, as they all have a personal connection with Type 1. They also pride themselves on their customer service and will go the extra mile to help a customer in need.
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.
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.
Hannah joined the Funky Pumpers team in February 2018 and was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1995, aged 4. She is currently on the Omnipod pump and self funds the Dexcom G6. Before starting at Funky Pumpers, Hannah wasn’t interested in any Type 1 technology and was finger pricking and injecting. After starting at Funky Pumpers and speaking with Debbie, Hannah decided to give the Omnipod and Dexcom a go. She has said that it has ‘completely changed her life’ and wishes that she started sooner. Hannah is very passionate about not letting Type 1 Diabetes get in her way and always tries to reassure newly diagnosed and parents of young Type 1’s, that life can be completely normal, even with Type 1. Hannah became a twin Mum in 2014 to Josh and Paige and is always happy to discuss Type 1 with customers.
Hazel joined the Funky Pumpers team in March 2019. Hazel has Type 1 Diabetes and was diagnosed 3 days before her 30th Birthday in February 2018 and spent her 30th Birthday in hospital. Being diagnosed later in life can be very difficult and Hazel explains it was very hard to suddenly have to adapt to life with Type 1, after living 29 years without it. Hazel has the Libre, which is funded by the NHS and is currently injecting.
Laura joined the Funky Pumpers team in February 2019. Her daughter Jess was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2011, at the age of 11. Laura explains that it has been a really tough time, having to adapt to life with Type 1 and isn’t easy, especially as Jess has no hypo awareness. Jess is on the Omnipod and also used the Libre, which is funded through the NHS.
Chan is the newest member of the Funky Pumpers team, starting in October 2019. Chan takes care of all of the digital marketing and her connection to Diabetes is her mother in law has had Type 1 for many years, who finger pricks and injects.
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.