Team Margot Foundation

Margot's auntie Nadia with cheque for Delete Blood Cancer UK

Margot’s auntie Nadia with cheque for Delete Blood Cancer UK

Final Bridge Walk 2014 Fundraising Grand Total : £96, 574.43 (£59,505.74 raised for GOSH & £37,068.69 raised for Delete Blood Cancer UK). Brilliant.

Margot’s father, Yaser with cheque at Great Ormond Street Hospital

It was never our intention to raise money.

When Margot needed a bone marrow transplant, family and friends came together as Team Margot to help find her a matching donor and ask people to do something amazing: register as stem cell donors and encourage others to do the same. We explained how such a selfless act could save a life and that it could be our daughter’s.

During Margot’s appeal we were careful not to confuse our public campaign with fundraising. We wanted our message to be clear.

Nevertheless, we have come to realise that many people want to donate money and/or fundraise to support what we do, regardless of whether they have registered as a stem cell donor, give blood or are on the organ donor register: some because they’re ineligible to register, others because they’ve been touched or inspired by Margot’s story / the efforts of Team Margot.

Thanks to their efforts, Team Margot raised almost £300,000 in 2014, in support of various charities. After Margot died, we registered Team Margot Foundation as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) in early 2015 to continue to honour Margot’s legacy as a permanent Foundation. This enables the Charity trustees to better understand how funds are raised and donated – and to deploy them in the most beneficial ways.

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Margot’s brother, Rufus shows his appreciation for all the generous donations made

Screenshot 2020-02-20 at 23.13.23During treatment, Margot needed many blood and platelet transfusions to keep her well and because of the tough discussion my wife and I had about donating Margot’s organs, the Charity also promotes the need for more blood donors and organ donors, in addition to encouraging more people to register as stem cell and bone marrow donors.

Margot’s mixed family background was the key obstacle to finding her a “perfect” tissue type match, which is why we encourage everyone who is eligible, particularly Black, Asian, mixed heritage & minority ethnic communities, to register as blood, organ, stem cell and bone marrow donors.

We set up in partnership with the NHS Blood and Transplant in October 2017. This education platform has been created and developed for children of primary school ages and raises awareness of and encourages stem cell donation alongside other forms of donation, namely blood and organs.  The aim is to help bring about culture change, particularly in the communities where the need for donations is greatest, so that increasingly people register and are donors. Ultimately, we want donation to become regarded as the norm, rather than the exception.

Margot was at Great Ormond Street Hospital for several months and we know how hard life can be when caring for a sick child. Accordingly, as a grant giving Foundation, the Charity also makes ‘one-off’ £1,000 grants to families caring for child cancer patients. These grants are for the recipient families to use in any way they wish. The grants have come to be regarded as ‘emergency funds’ by the hospital employees and social workers that put forward the applications, because the funds are approved and typically arrive within 24 hours, following receipt of the patient’s bank details. 

For more on grant giving by Team Margot Foundation, please click here.

In December 2022, Team Margot Foundation became the Secretariat for a new All-Party Parliamentary Group : Ethnicity Transplantation and Transfusion. Please click here to read our manifesto and find out more. Team Margot are proud Members of Cancer52, the National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA), and World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA).

To make a financial donation and support the work of the charity, please click here.

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Should you wish to make a financial donation to Team Margot Foundation, please either click here or on the image above. Thank you.

All / any donations are most welcome and hugely appreciated. Thank you so much for your support.

Yaser, Margot’s father

Team Margot
Together, saving lives

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Team Margot Foundation Registered Charity Number: 1160236


A selection of Team Margot videos & pictures


World Blood Cancer Day 2019


We did it ! Celtic Challenge 2019 ✅ (click above image)


What’s it like to actually donate ? (click image above)

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Team Margot works for compulsory health education to include stem cell & bone marrow (click image above)


Guest Blog by Michelle Grail (click image above)


Engaging in the organ donation debate on LBC radio (click image above)


The Team Margot Ten Miler, courtesy of Alison Dolan ? (click image above)


Christian Drobnyk represents Team Margot at the NYSE


Tony Henriquez completes Transpyr (on the 2nd attempt) for Team Margot (click image above)


Vicky Singlehurst completes the Rolex Fastnet Race for Team Margot (click image above)

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Team Margot Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons Terrace (May 2016)


Wednesbury Athletic FC & The Margot Martini Cup (click image above)

ITV West Country News

Click the image above to watch coverage on ITV West Country News 31.1.15