The coordinating voice for Black, Asian, Mixed Race and Minority Ethnic transplant donation
Team Margot Foundation

Team Margot Foundation saves and improves lives by educating, inspiring and motivating people, especially from ethnically diverse communities, to register as blood, organ and stem cell donors.

Team Margot was set up in January 2015 in memory of Margot Martini and to honour her legacy.

Team Margot:

  • Campaigns for everyone who is eligible, especially people from ethnically diverse communities, to register as blood, organ, and stem cell donors.
  • Is secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethnicity Transplantation and Transfusion. Please click here for more information
  • Our ‘Giving to help others’ range of free to download educational materials for teachers and children of primary school age are available at Created in partnership with the NHSBT, the materials include lesson plans, activity sheets, videos and presentations.
  • Provides a range of support to families caring for child cancer patients including grants of £1,000 and free UK caravan park holidays.

This could happen to anybody. If you’d be prepared to take a bone marrow transplant, or any other type of organ donation or blood donation, then I feel that people should be prepared to give also... I’d like people to think about that.
Victoria Martini, Margot’s mother


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At the time, Margot’s appeal was credited as having been the most high-profile global donor appeal anywhere in the world, embracing national and international media.

On the 29th January 2015, Team Margot Foundation was entered on the Charity Commission’s Register of Charities - registered Charity Number: 1160236

Team Margot announced an annual awareness day on the 7 October. Initially named “Team Margot Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day” but in recognition of Margot’s need for blood and platelets during treatment and also following a conversation by Margot’s parents
about organ donation, the day was renamed “Team Margot Donor Registration Day”.

Two students at Elstree University Technical College, Grace Hynds and Daniella Bernard wrote a ballad titled ‘Light the Way’ which was performed and supported by various professional musicians, including a choir and a string quartet from the Royal Philharmonic
Concert Orchestra – click here to listen

Team Margot & NHS Blood and Transplant launched the primary school education
programme called ‘Giving to help others’ at City Hall.

Working with the Peer Outreach Workers within the Education and Youth Team at London’s City Hall, Team Margot announced a joint initiative ‘The Power of Onephotographic exhibition.

After two previous unsuccessful attempts, the Team Margot Rowers completed the Celtic Challenge. In December of the same year, a team of 3 supporters undertook the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, completing it in 39 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes Team Margot commissioned an Impact Report conducted by Skylark Works and Oxford University which was published in 2021.

Margot’s father, Yaser Martini was awarded the British Empire Medal on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Launched the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethnicity Transplantation and Transfusion, of which Team Margot Foundation is the Group Secretariat. This was followed a few months later by the APPG’s Stakeholder Event.