About Team Margot
Team Margot is Margot’s family & friends of the family who together raised awareness of Margot’s plight and that of others like her desperately seeking a blood stem cell donor match.
Team Margot launched Margot’s donor appeal on Christmas Eve 2013 and are credited as having run the most high profile global donor appeal anywhere in the world, embracing national and international TV, radio, print, online and outdoor media. Within the first 6 weeks of launch the charity, Delete Blood Cancer UK received over 50,000 requests for swab kits in the UK alone.
As a result of Team Margot’s efforts to date, statistically there will be over 500 people who will now have the option of a donor match that could potentially save their life.
Team Margot wishes to help save the lives of those who, like Margot and her family, never thought they would need a bone marrow transplant.
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.
As a grant giving Foundation, we also support 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. Currently, these include: Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Delete Blood Cancer UK, Anthony Nolan, Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice and Momentum.
Urgent Global Need
We urgently need more potential donors to join a stem cell register. Right now, there are over 37,000 people worldwide in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant (including 2,000 in the UK), but they must first find a matching donor. On average, only half of those seeking a matching donor will ever find one. The odds fall to just 21% if the patient has a mixed ethnic background or is from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) community.