A year ago today, Team Margot started a campaign to find Margot her perfect match. We didn’t ask anyone for money – instead, we sought their benevolence.
We did this for love and we hoped that our appeal might encourage people to step forward & do something amazing: join the stem cell registry and potentially save a life. At the time, we desperately wished it could be our daughter’s.
Tens of thousands of people in the UK responded to Margot’s appeal and there was support from 12 countries besides. We know now that as a result of the public response to Margot’s donor appeal, statistically there will be more than 500 people who WILL now have the benefit of a potentially life saving bone marrow transplant.
On behalf of our family and on behalf of the many other patients and families besides who are in desperate need and are urgently seeking a stem cell donor match, THANK YOU for all your support and most importantly for taking action.
If you haven’t already done so, please register as a potential stem cell donor. If you’re ineligible or already have, please encourage Just One More to do the same.
Click here to find out how.
We wish you and yours a very merry Christmas !
Lots of love
Blog post from a year ago today:
Christmas Eve ! and Margot’s donor campaign for London, Wolverhampton and online is alight.
The support we are getting from all corners is really quite something; it’s really very humbling and given the activity on the social networks and the emails and calls flying back and fro, it feels like we are building up quite a momentum. At the time of writing, we have over 2,100 views of our video on YouTube (since we posted the film), probably largely as a result of the emails that were sent out and now it remains to be seen whether we can maintain and build upon that solid platform and grow the awareness further still with our other efforts. More on that soon.
In one sense, the donor campaign is a welcome distraction for us (particularly me) and is something I am able to focus upon, however it is time sensitive and has already created a greater demand on my attention, so I find myself balancing time with the family and time “on it”. Basically, my sleep is compromised. Of course, that’s ok for a short period but of course, it’s not sustainable.
Margot has been having a lovely time. She understands far more than she can speak and toggles between trying to speak new words, walk, being a little madam and resting.
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.