October 17, 2015

“Giving to help others”

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Nadia with Caroline Portlock of Delete Blood Cancer UK

Nadia with Caroline Portlock of Delete Blood Cancer UK

Margot's Auntie Nadia is speaking at nine assemblies in six schools this week Throughout 2015, Margot’s auntie Nadia (my sister) has been presenting and speaking to children at various Primary school assemblies – to date, Nadia has spoken to over 3,000 children and has inspired other parents to do the same in their own children’s schools.

We have been pleasantly surprised to learn that Margot’s story resonates strongly with children in Junior schools who later, are able to clearly recount what happened and importantly, the need for more people to join the stem cell register.

Earlier this week, Nadia presented to the Junior classes at Tower House School, which is where our boys Oscar & Rufus are being educated (please see video below). On behalf of Nadia, Vicki & I, thank you to Tower House Headmaster, Greg Evans and all the teaching staff for your fantastic support & for making us feel so welcome.

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Display cabinets in the Junior School playground

Typically, Nadia has delivered her school presentations in advance of a donor registration event occurring locally or perhaps even within the school itself, but in this instance her presentation was simply an introduction to the Junior school boys who, we are delighted to say, have adopted Team Margot Foundation as their charity of the year.

Nadia’s school presentations have unearthed what we believe is a good niche for Team Margot to pursue, namely to make young minds conscious of how people can help others in need by giving blood and joining the stem cell register. 

In the UK, Anthony Nolan have an education programme called Register & Be A Lifesaver (R&Be) which helps to teach 16–18-year-olds about the importance of donating bone marrow, blood and organs, but there isn’t any such programme for younger children.  

One of the schools charity initiatives that  took place yesterday

One of the schools charity initiatives that took place yesterday

Of course, children of Primary school age are unable to actually participate as donors (except as a sibling donor), but we hope and believe that by making them aware of the need, we might improve the chances that they will go on to donate blood, join the stem cell register & perhaps also register as potential organ donors, when they are themselves young adults.

And in the meantime, the feedback we have received is that following Team Margot school presentations, children often go home and ask their parents whether they’re on the stem cell register and if not, they then encourage their parents to join.

With this in mind, we are working to put together a module for primary schools that can be included within their “environmental social responsibility” teachings, a.k.a. PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) the overarching theme of which is “giving to help others”.

Team Margot
Together, saving lives

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

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