January 7, 2016

Update: 98 people potentially matched with a patient in need

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It’s been an enjoyable & busy ! first seven days to 2016 for a variety of reasons:

Oscar & Rufus with Digby - 6 months old on Sunday

Oscar & Rufus with Digby

Former pyjama moments: the boys with Margot in November 2013 - she was on a course of Dex steroids, hence the swelling

Former pyjama moments: the boys with Margot in November 2013. At the time, Margot was on a course of Dex steroids, hence her swollen face & body

Digby turned 6 months old on Sunday – he’s shaping up to be a really super little character & has a similar demeanour to Margot

I caught up with some of the wonderful people we got to know at Great Ormond Street Hospital, when visiting on Team Margot Foundation business

There’s ongoing & growing support of all kinds from within the hospitality industry & it has been re-confirmed that Live Your Life Day on 30 July will again be supporting Team Margot Foundation this year

I started a new family tradition – a one on one lunch with each of our children (for now, just with Oscar & Rufus, until Digby is a little older!) – and during one of the lunches, the kids menu (see below) brought a smile to our faces…


The Dundas Arms is part of the Epicurean Collection - not sure if you can make out the small print at the botton of the menu

We spotted the small print at the bottom of the menu… Wonderful ! The Dundas Arms is part of the Epicurean Collection

I was touched to see that a notice board in Elephant Ward at GOSH still displays a photograph of Margot

I was touched to see that a notice board in Elephant Ward at GOSH still displays a photograph of Margot

Planning for a ‘Miles for Team Margot’ cycling event this Spring has been hatched, and separately a ‘Team Margot Ten-Miler’ run in Richmond Park during early October is also underway too – more info to follow…

But best of all, Delete Blood Cancer UK kindly updated us with a report on the activity generated by Team Margot, which importantly shows that of the tens of thousands of people who registered because of Margot or because they were inspired by the efforts of Team Margot, almost 100 have now been potentially matched with a patient in need (confirmatory typing underway) and the number of people who have actually donated stem cells or bone marrow is comfortably into double figures.

That’s terrific news, because for the patients, these bone marrow & peripheral stem cell donations represent a second chance at life.  And as a result of the donations generated by Team Margot (you), many will now enjoy disease free survival.

Which is why we say:

Team Margot
Together, saving lives

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Please watch & share this lovely heart-warming video, which underscores what it’s all about:

Thank you.

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

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