Team Margot campaigns for more people to join the worldwide registers as potential bone marrow/stem cell donors, especially people from ethnic minorities or those with a mixed heritage. In 2013, 14-month-old Margot
Margot had an extremely rare dual lineage Leukaemia with both Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) & Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). The consultant haematologist told us that he had only seen 3 such cases in 10 years.
Video blogs on the bone marrow donor’s journey, Margot’s transplant video, Team Margot donor registration events, our original appeal video for Margot & much more !
On 7th October 2013, Margot was diagnosed with blood cancer. This year, it’s the date we will be releasing a song & music video in her honour, that includes an unprecedented call to action.
Our aspiration is to DOUBLE the size & potency of the combined UK bone marrow registers. That’s 1.1 million new potential donors we want to see signed up and we hope to achieve this national goal a lot quicker than the 40 years it has taken to get here – thousands of patients are urgently seeking a perfect donor match and they need immediate help, in order to survive.
But all that depends on the Great British public. You.
Music has the ability to engage and motivate large numbers of people & we hope that “Light The Way”, by Grace Hynds and Daniella Bernard will do just that.
Together, saving lives
Two 18 year old students at Elstree University Technical College (EUTC), Grace Hynds & Daniella Bernard wrote a ballad, which was inspired by my daughter, Margot. Working in conjunction with our family, they have since since performed and recorded their song, “Light the Way”, assisted by their fellow students and college tutors and supported by various professional musicians, including a string quartet from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and a choir.
The song and music video will be publicly released on Team Margot’s Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Registration Day this coming Friday 7th October. It will be widely available at no charge, but it carries a moral ‘price tag’ for viewers & listeners to urgently register as potential stem cell donors & then encourage ‘Just One More‘ to do the same.
If you’re aged between 16 – 55 and are in general good health, please go on standby to help save a life by joining the stem cell register – it only takes a few minutes online to order a DIY registration kit to be posted to you at home.
THANK YOU to everyone at EUTC for all your brilliant work & support and to the many wonderful & talented people involved with the making of this song and music video. I love your work ! and feel hugely proud of what we are doing together. It’s remarkable and I believe that the upshot will have a meaningful and vital social impact: the more that people sign up, the more lives will be saved.
I very much look forward to sharing “Light The Way” with you, but in the meantime, please SHARE this teaser video and look out for others in the coming weeks !
Thank you all so much again.
Yaser Martini, Margot’s father
Grace Hynds, student musician (singer, songwriter)
Daniella Bernard, student musician (piano, composer)
Andy Carr, bass
Jim Kimberley, drums
Matt Backer, guitar
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra – String Quartet
Malcolm Wilson, general manager
Paul Blakemore, student Director (Metropolis)
Rebecca Selt, camera 2
Mariah Cole, student Director (studio)
Eabha Lambe, camera 4
Jasmine Hinshelwood, PMV co-editor
Joseph Bard, studio shoot production manager
Georgia Marcus, studio shoot makeup artist
Lucas McCaffrey-King, co-editor of promotional videos
Niall Louge, student MD/Arrangement shadow
Sanjeev Shajan, student shadow engineer
Tamannara Siddik, studio shoot photographer and production designer
Luca De Lauri, lighting
Brandon Baum, studio shoot cinematographer
Christopher Joannou, graphic designer (promotional content)
Lorraine Hynds, production assistant
EUTC College Tutors
Andrew Mallen, musical director
Clare Deacon, producer
Sam Lewis-Wall, studio support
Rachel Pring, studio makeup artist
Tegan Adams, staff director
Jessica Hodges, producer
Antonio Josephides, studio performance coach
Chris Mitchell, Principal
George Kounoupias, mixed choir lead (former Royal Academy)
Mira Blanka Ihasz
Stefania Morosini, Provoc Choir lead
Robes courtesy of Naveen Arles & the London International Gospel Choir
Metropolis Studios, Chiswick, London
Marine Keeling, assistant studio manager
Paul Norris, recording engineer