November 21, 2014

‘Everyday heroes’ can be just like you and me.


waiting to be rescued ?Super heroes are one-of-a-kind, but ‘everyday heroes’ can be just like you and me.

Today is Anthony Nolan’s HERO DAY & we’re joining them in encouraging people, not just in the UK but all over the world, to be everyday heroes and join the stem cell registry.

Wherever you are on the planet: YOU can save a life.

If you’re living outside the UK and want to register, please click here & select your country from the dropdown box to get started.

Once you have registered, you have on average a 1 in 1,200 chance of actually being asked to donate your stem cells & potentially saving someone’s life. At the very least, you will be giving someone extended time with their family and loved ones – a priceless gift.

We are unspeakably grateful to Margot’s anonymous German donor for having had that extra time with our daughter.

To us, he is our hero.

We were permitted to write a letter to Margot’s donor and did so in April this year, the day before she was discharged from Great Ormond Street Hospital to come home, following 8 weeks in isolation. Scroll down to see our letter to him.

Find out how to register here.

Ineligible ? Have you already joined ? Then please encourage Just One More to do the same.

Thank you.

21 November 2014

Be an everyday hero


The donor / recipient process is anonymous, certainly for the first two years post transplant. We were permitted to write to Margot’s donor and did so in April 2014, the day before Margot left Hospital to come home after 8 weeks in isolation (see below).

One day, we hope to meet him.


Our letter to Margot’s anonymous donor

To the gentleman that selflessly and benevolently donated his bone marrow to someone else in their time of need…

You were there for a little girl who was quite suddenly taken ill and found herself in desperate need of a stem cell donor match, in order to stand the best chances of beating her blood cancer.

children support Team MargotYou are our hero.

We feel this way in spite of knowing very little about you. However, that you thought to take the time to register as a potential stem cell donor and made good on your commitment when our call came, speaks volumes for who you are as a human being.

Today, tests show that our little girl has 100% of your stem cells in her bone marrow, which means the bone marrow transplant was successful.

We are told that she is now ‘disease free’ and are looking forward to her coming home soon, making a full recovery and living a healthy and complication free life hereafter.

You have given her a second chance at life; we are all unspeakably grateful to you for this miraculous gift and one day, we very much hope to meet you.

Yours in admiration, from the fortunate and humbled parents, brothers, cousins, uncles and aunts, grandparents, great grandparents and friends:

Thank you.

9 April 2014

Husband to Vicki and father to Oscar (2007), Rufus (2008), Digby (2015), Humphrey (2017) & Margot (2012-2014)

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