Yesterday, Vicki, Charlotte, Durand (aka uncle Pie) & I were invited to Birmingham’s newest restaurant at the Barclaycard Arena for our first Team Margot Foundation fundraiser event since our charity was formed.
It all came about when Simon Wilkinson, CEO of La Tasca contacted me a few weeks ago asking what La Tasca could do to help fundraise & promote Team Margot Foundation. The Paella4Margot idea soon followed: the staff cooked a giant pan of paella and served plates of the authentic Spanish dish for £5 each, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Team Margot Foundation. They sold over 100 portions raising £500 and La Tasca generously doubled this to make a donation of £1,000.
We were all really touched to be approached by the La Tasca team with this innovative fundraising idea for our new charity, Team Margot Foundation which supports people and projects close to our hearts – more specifically charities and research related to bone marrow / stem cell transplants, such as blood disorders like leukaemia and those caring for child cancer patients.
It was also really lovely to meet so many of you from Team Margot who had travelled from all over the country; given the nature of our volunteer work, we were delighted to finally meet some of you for the first time ! Amongst others who joined us were:
Adam Flood, Team Margot, Evesham – Adam, inspired by Margot and alongside with Alex Hill, organised Coast 2 Coast over the Easter weekend raising over £17,500 for Delete Blood Cancer UK
Rebecca Robertshaw & her mum Sue, Team Margot Taunton
Gav Ingles & Sarah Tranter, Team Margot Wednesbury: Gav runs Wednesbury Athletic, the best football team in the world… Wednesbury Athletic will play the Wolves Legends on 31 May
Sarah Bagnall & Claire Bull, Team Margot Wednesbury – these ladies have organised a family fun day at The Croft in Wednesbury on 23 May
Maria Smith, Team Margot Worcester – Maria has organised donor registration events at Worcester County Council & fundraised for Delete Blood Cancer UK. She is also assisting the family of Raj Bhuller with their registration events in temples and places of worship
It was fitting for our first Team Margot Foundation fundraiser to be held in Birmingham – we have had such tremendous support not just from within Birmingham City but also from people living right across the Midlands, where a lot of our family live and it was lovely to see so many friends turn out to support.
*** NEW *** Team Margot Wristband Display Boxes : how you can help
We have a limited number of display boxes available (see photo). These are intended for doctors & dentist waiting rooms, hospitals – frankly anywhere where they will sit quietly and help spread awareness.
If you know of places in your community where you think it would be good to put a box on display, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, saving lives
Husband to Vicki and father to Oscar (2007), Rufus (2008), Digby (2015), Humphrey (2017) & Margot (2012-2014)
Team Margot’s mission
To help save and improve lives by educating, inspiring and motivating people, especially from ethnically diverse communities, to register as blood, organ, stem cell and bone marrow donors and to provide a range of support to families caring for child cancer patients.
Team Margot also provides secretariat support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethnicity Transplantation and Transfusion.