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28th May 2019

Operators lend support for blood cancer charity’s Pinkspiration Week

Team Margot Foundation founder Yaser Martini with the Team Margot Atlantic Rowers’ car and boat, which will be going 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to help drive blood stem cell register sign-ups

An awareness week for Team Margot, the charity set up by industry entrepreneur Yaser Martini, is gathering support from a growing number of operators across the hospitality sector, ahead of the first ‘Pinkspiration Week’ running from 23-30 July this year.

The support already pledged means around 500 outlets will be running activity around Team Margot Pinkspiration Week. Operators Beds and Bars, Glendola Leisure, Yummy Pubs, Cirrus Inns, Arc Inspirations, New World Trading, All Our Bars and Fuller’s have agreed to participate in Pinkspiration Week, while UK Hospitality and the BII are encouraging members to back the campaign.

Unlike most charity initiatives, Pinkspiration Week is aiming not to raise money, but to encourage people to register as stem cell and bone marrow donors. The campaign links to the Team Margot Atlantic Row in December this year, when a team of four dads will be taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Their aim is to encourage new registrations from 1.5 million people – the number of strokes it will take them to complete the 3,000-mile journey, hence their slogan of ‘We Row, You Register’ #WeRowYouRegister

Martini says: “We are basically asking people to swab their cheeks and join the register. It’s quick and easy to do and it’s incredible to think that a stranger standing next to you at the bar could be your ‘perfect match’ and lifesaver, if you needed a stem cell transplant. But you wouldn’t know that, unless they were on the register.”

Team Margot was set up in 2015 by Martini in memory of his daughter Margot and to honour her legacy after she lost her battle with blood cancer, aged two. Margot was unable to find her ‘perfect match’. Anyone between 17-55 years old who is in general good health can join the register via a simple swab test.

Pubs, bars and restaurants supporting Pinkspiration Week are encouraged to ‘Think Pink’ by offering a pink drinks list, having a ‘Drink Pink Day’, offering pink-inspired dishes or putting team members in pink to help raise awareness. Team Margot are supporting participating operators with a suite of downloadable assets, including copy and images for use in customer newsletters,  posters, website banners and social media posts, all available from the website:

Support from across the industry

Beds and Bars, one of the first operators to give its support to Pinkspiration Week, will be offering a free pink drink to anyone signing up one of their venues to find out more about the Team Margot Foundation activity.

Keith Knowles, CEO and founder of Beds and Bars said: “We have been supporting the Team Margot Foundation since 2015 and we will be supporting Team Margot Pinkspiration as part of our annual ‘Live Your Life’ campaign in July.”

Alexander Langlands Pearse, CEO of Cirrus Inns said: “Pinkspiration Week is an easy initiative for us to support. We know our teams will embrace the pink theme with enthusiasm and we can execute it flexibly to suit the offer in each pub. Our customers are generous to charity appeals, but it’s good to be asking them for non-financial support this time.”

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, said: “We are delighted to continue to support Pinkspiration Week to raise awareness of the importance of bone marrow donations. Less than a third of the people needing life-saving treatment can find a match within their immediate family, so increasing the number of people who are registered donors is vital. It really is very simple – register, swab and save a life.”

Martini said: “We are delighted with operators’ response to Pinkspiration Week so far, and confident that many more pubs, bars and restaurants will come on board. Those that have signed up say they’re pleased to support the initiative as it is fun, promotes a worthy cause that everyone can get behind – and doesn’t involve rattling a collecting tin at their customers!”

He added: “We’re encouraging operators to spread the word about stem cell registration not just to customers, but across their networks – to all their teams in outlets and at head office and up the supply chain. Community is what our industry excels at. The more people who go on the register, the better the chance that those who need treatment will find a match.

“If we can reach our target of adding 1.5 million people to the register, then up to 15,000 lives could potentially be saved.”

* For more information on the Team Margot Atlantic Rowers and ideas on how to get involved in ‘Pinkspiration’ Week visit

Caption to attached image: Thinking pink: Team Margot Foundation founder Yaser Martini with the Team Margot Atlantic Rowers’ car and boat, which will be going 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to encourage people to register as stem cell and bone marrow donors


Issued on behalf of:    Team Margot Atlantic Rowers

By:                              ShielPorter Communications

Further information/images or requests for interview with Yaser Martini, please contact:

Jo Bruce at 07766 203628

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Notes to editors:

  • The Team Margot Atlantic Rowers are aiming to hit their target of 1.5 million blood stem cell registrations by the time the rowers reach the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge finish line in Antigua in early 2020.
  • The team of four dads are led by skipper Martin Beaumont, whose late father Chris was the first CEO of industry charity Springboard.
  • For more information on the Team Margot Atlantic Rowers see: Twitter – @margot_team, FB @TeamMargotAtlanticRowers Instagram – teammargotatlanticrowers


    • For more information on the Team Margot Foundation, visit, Twitter – @swab4margot, FB @teammargotmartini, Instagram – teammargot
    • Research by the international donor centre DKMS, says there are currently more than 37,000 people worldwide in desperate need of a stem cell or bone marrow transplant (including 2,000 in the UK).
    • At present people with certain ethnic backgrounds are massively disadvantaged when it comes to stem cell transplant. Anthony Nolan research shows white, Northern European patients have a 69% chance of finding their ‘perfect match’ tissue type while people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have only a 21% chance of finding an equivalent match.
    • To become a potential blood stem cell donor, people do a quick online eligibility check and request a swab kit. A swab kit is posted to their home and they send it back. Once swabs are received, a person’s tissue type is analysed and details added on the UK stem cell registry in an anonymised form. Details are then part of blood stem cell donor searches for people all over the world who need a genetic match to get a second chance at life. For more information on blood stem cell donation visit –
  • The registered charity number for the Team Margot Foundation Charity is 1160236.