June 7, 2015

Clapham Swab for Team Margot “has relit my faith in humanity”

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Volunteer briefing - the unsung heroes

Volunteer briefing – the unsung heroes

IMG_1246Another two Team Margot events took place today:

Maria Smith held a registration / awareness day at Springfield Park, Kidderminster whilst in London, Emma McPhie organised a donor registration event in Clapham.

Emma’s event in Clapham saw another 133 new potential stem cell donors joining the register and a fabulous £1,341.89 raised for Delete Blood Cancer UK.

There’s something really very special that happens when people come together to these donor registration events – we feel it at every event that we attend, large and small. Following her event today, Emma emailed me to say as much:

“I really enjoyed the whole day, I said to Vicki that apart from the obvious important reasons for holding the donor drive… meeting different people from different walks of life and seeing such kindness has relit my faith in humanity. I had the same lovely feeling I did on the Bridge Walk and had Margot in my heart and mind all day. 

One of the most versatile & celebrated tenors of a generation, Mark Milhofer swabbed in Clapham today

One of the most versatile & celebrated tenors of a generation, Mark Milhofer swabbed in Clapham today

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Here’s to the next one!!!”

Thank you so much again Emma. And also to everyone who volunteered & helped out, the wonderful new potential stem cell donors and also Eaton House the Manor School for hosting.

Team Margot
Together, saving lives

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Sam Sarsfield - who initially contacted us to run her Dance4Margot event & then after completing her studies went on to work full time at Delete Blood Cancer UK. Brilliant.

Sam Sarsfield – who initially contacted us to run her Dance4Margot event & then after completing her studies went on to get a full time job at Delete Blood Cancer UK. Brilliant.

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Meanwhile in Kidderminster, Maria Smith was spreading the word ...

Meanwhile in Kidderminster, the unstoppable Maria Smith was spreading the word …

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Below is Emma’s follow up email to the Clapham volunteers, post event. I happened to be sent it & Emma was agreeable to it being posted here.

As I say, there’s something magical that happens when people pull together like this:

Ladies and Gents

Firstly I hope you are all sitting down with your feet up with a glass of something cold in your hand!! You have all been totally amazing today and I couldn’t have done it without you all, thank you so so much!

I have learned a lot today-
1. I have totally lovely friends and family, old and new, thank you!
2. There is kindness in strangers.
3. Charity does begin at home.
4. Women are amazing!! (And you Pat!)
5. That beautiful Margot has left the most fabulous legacy and after today I am left wondering and feeling excited about how many of those kind souls that came and swabbed, on a sunny Sunday, will help save a life at some point in the future.

The final number of donors was 133 and we raised £1,341.89- this is tremendous and totally knocks my nightmares of nobody coming out of the water (phew!)

Thank you everybody, you rock!
Big kiss, Ems xxxx

Husband to Vicki and father to Oscar (2007), Rufus (2008), Digby (2015) & Margot (2012-2014)

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