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About Margot Martini & Team Margot

In October 2013, 14-month-old Margot Martini was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of blood cancer, and required a bone marrow transplant (also known as a stem cell transplant) to survive. 

Family and friends came together as Team Margot to raise awareness of Margot’s plight and others desperately seeking a blood stem cell donor match. Margot eventually found a suitable donor match and received her bone marrow transplant in February 2014. Unfortunately, Margot’s Leukaemia was extremely aggressive. She relapsed during the summer and passed away, aged 2 years and 2 months, on the 27 October 2014.

Margot’s family are unspeakably grateful to her selfless donor for his miraculous gift, which gave Margot extra time with her family and loved ones.

Achievements & Vision

Team Margot’s efforts to date have resulted in tens of thousands of people registering as potential stem cell donors. Statistically, this means that during the next ten years, more than 500 people will now have the chance of a potentially life saving bone marrow transplant.

We imagine a world where every patient in need of a bone marrow transplant is confident of quickly finding a matching donor. We want to help save the lives of all those people who, just like Margot and our family, never thought they’d need a bone marrow transplant. 

Our initial goal: 2.5 million people (4% of the population) on the UK stem cell register. There are only 1 million people currently registered (c.1.6%). 

To find out how quick and easy it is to register, please visit:

Team Margot’s Mission

Team Margot continues to honour Margot’s legacy as a permanent Foundation. We campaign for more potential bone marrow / stem cell donors to join the register – especially people with a mixed genealogy. Margot’s mixed family background was the key obstacle to finding her a perfect match.

Everyone at Team Margot is a volunteer. Every penny raised for the Foundation will go to the wonderful people and causes we support.

Thank you so much for yours.

Team Margot

Together, saving lives

Please join the movement & visit  

Share on social media using #register4margot to show your support.

What’s the difference between a stem cell transplant and a bone marrow transplant ? Bone marrow and stem cell transplants are essentially the same thing – only the process of harvest differs – for more see:

Method of donation – peripheral stem cells and bone marrow:



Yaser Martini, Margot’s father

Tel: +44 208 876 1086

Mobile: +44 7770 672 559


Team Margot Foundation Registered Charity Number: 1160236