July 27, 2016

Live Your Life Day – Friday 29 July

Franca Knowles MBE

Franca Knowles MBE


In the bars today…

My friend, Franca died 11 days after my daughter, Margot on 7 November 2014. Franca was a remarkable person who had a real zest for life, coining the phrase “Live Your Life” which became a creed for the company she helped grow, Beds and Bars. In her memory, her husband, Keith declared Franca’s birthday “Live Your Life Day”, a day when company employees could take the day off to celebrate life with their families or in support of a charity.

Last year, Beds and Bars backed by many in the hospitality industry, supported Team Margot Foundation and this year, they decided to repeat it all again and encourage more people to join the worldwide stem cell registers.

A massive, heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone involved.

Please see below to find out what’s going on this Friday and feel free to join in. All are welcome.

Team Margot
Together, saving lives


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Margot, pre-diagnosis (June 2013)

On Friday, the pub and bar community is once again welcoming Team Margot Foundation into its venues throughout the continent as part of their Live Your Life Day activity. In aid of raising awareness for a charity they hold extremely close to their hearts, the industry will also be throwing their customers one hell of a party on Friday 29 July 2016.

With a view to raising awareness of blood cancer, and inspiring potential donors and sign ups, together the aim is to simply spread gratitude for life and all its beauty, across the continent. They are inviting anyone to celebrate, wherever you may be – and with a feature theme of an epic summer party, it’s bound to be a memorable one.

imageThis year pubs and bars will be holding their own massive Summer parties from 7pm and will be offering free entry, extra long happy hours, DJ’s and a load of other activity including a duo branded Live Your Life Day / Team Margot wristbands and a simultaneous mass balloon release across all sites from 8pm. Every potential donor will be gifted with a balloon to release and a wish, promise or message of your choice attached, in return.

imageFinding out more on how to register as a potential blood stem cell donor is quick and easy. Just click on this link to see how you could help: www.teammargot.com/how-to-register

Don’t forget to show your support by sharing all related photos on social media using the hashtag #LIVEYOURLIFEDAY

We want to spread awareness and inspire as many people as possible, from all corners of the world, to register as a potential stem cell / bone marrow donors.

Thank you for supporting in any way you can Live Your Life!

Find your nearest Live Your Life Day venue below:

Vicki & I with Franca, Jan & Zhen in Beijing in October 2011

Vicki & I with Franca, Jan & Zhen in Beijing in October 2011

Belushi’s Bars

The Hercules Pillars

The Flying Horse

St Christopher’s Pub

St Christopher’s Hostels 

The Flying Pig Hostels

... and outside...

… and outside…

Some photos from Live Your Life Day 2016

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

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