Margot Martini's story can save lives with new charity

A charity in memory of inspirational toddler Margot Martini is being set up by her family with the aim of getting more than one million extra people to sign up to the UK stem cell register.

The Team Margot Foundation has the goal to get more than 1.5 million extra potential bone marrow donors to take the total to 2.5 million.

The foundation will also raise money and support the work of five charities - Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity, Delete Blood Cancer UK, Anthony Nolan, Shooting Stars Chase, and Momentum.

Two-year-old Margot died in October from two rare types of leukaemia following a worldwide search for a bone marrow donor.

Margot's parents, Vicki, originally from Essington, and Yaser, went public in their search for a bone marrow donor to help save their daughter's life.

Speaking exclusively to the Express & Star, Margot's father Yaser outlined plans for 2015 which will see Team Margot in full swing over the next 12 months.

They include, establishing the Team Margot Foundation to support the work of charities close to their heart, holding the first annual international Team Margot Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day, supporting bone marrow donor registration events across the country, and a 40-day trek across the ice caps of Greenland, named Expedition Margot.

"We see this as Margot's legacy - and we want that to continue for the sake of others," said Mr Martini.

Margot's mother Vicki, 39, grew up in Essington, Staffordshire, and has marked her first Christmas without her daughter with Yaser, 44, and sons Oscar, seven, and Rufus, six.

Now they want 2015 to be the breakthrough year so no family has to suffer the anguish they did to find a matching bone marrow donor.

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