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Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – Presentation of £14k

MGF founder, Joanne Green was delighted to present a cheque for £14,000 to Dr Tom Galliford and the dedicated team at the Diabetes Centre at Watford General Hospital today. The money will be used for conferencing equipment to help in speeding up essential patient care.

Thank you to Tom, Sonia and all the team at the centre for hosting this presentation and to Jodi for taking press photos and putting together a press release covering this occasion.

Onwards and upwards to the next goal of £35k to fund a trial contract for a dietician for the centre – this type of project has proved to be an effective way of ensuring a permanent NHS-funded position. We are looking forward to building on a good start to raise the funds needed for this next, ambitious goal – the coming months will be an interesting time as we organise some exciting new events to inform and entertain…as well as to raise money, of course!

Thank you to all our supporters – it is such a rewarding time when donations are made to the Diabetes Centre and we can show you that your money really is helping.


Sunday 25th October 2015 – Dean Jorden, Bristol to Bath Marathon

Dean Jorden took up the challenge of the Bristol to Bath Marathon – raising money for The Michael Green Foundation and completing a personal fitness challenge at the same time.


Dean2cropAs a charity, we offer huge thanks to Dean for putting himself through a rigorous fitness and training regime in order to run the 26.2 miles and for deciding to take on this challenge in the first place, raising valuable funds for this charity.

The money that is donated for Dean’s marathon will go towards raising awareness of Type 2 Diabetes through our Eat Fit program and other ventures, as well as helping us to fulfil our commitment to the diabetes centre at Watford General Hospital for much-needed equipment. We have just presented the unit there with a cheque for £10,000 for the third year in a row. Our next target is to raise £35,000 for a specialist diabetes nurse

Through Dean’s Virgin Money Giving page he managed to raise a staggering£1282 – a truly amazing amount. Well done Dean and all those who have supported him – and thank you once again.Dean1crop


Saturday 26th September 2015 – A Night of Comedy & Magic

What a night of top class entertainment at The Radlett Centre!

01-CharityCommitteesx2Firstly it was a pleasure to hear the introductions from both the charities who organised this evening of entertainment. Karen Smith spoke on behalf of Jellybabies, a charity supporting families coping with cot death and Howard Wallis read a letter from the Lullaby Trust who recently benefitted from a donation from Jellybabies. We then listened to Joanne Green, founder of The Michael Green Foundation and Sonia Fullerton from the diabetes unit at Watford General Hospital who outlined where the money is being spent and plans for the future.

PrintThanks to Richard Carlowe, our trusty compère, the show flowed seamlessly into the first act of the night,

06-Bennett-smileBennett Arron, and his unique take on the funnier side of life. The audience were delighted and some even played an active part in the proceedings…those in the front two rows mainly…serves them right really!

08-Nick+cardsNext up was magician, Nick Einhorn and we were left wondering how on earth he did…well most things actually! Clever card trickery and a devilishly sharp spike had us all holding our breath at the end!

09-Gary+SimoneGary took over just before the interval to auction the donated prize of a signed Arsenal shirt. Massive thanks to the person who finally won the bidding at £800 – that is a very generous donation from, what we suspect, is an avid Arsenal fan.

11-Bennett-paperThe second half was just as good as the first with the addition of the funniest raffle draw we’ve ever witness, thanks to Bennett – maybe we should get him to draw all our raffles in the future, there’s a new career path in there somewhere, I’m sure!

12-Nick-headspikeThank you to all who helped or took part in any way:
MGF committee
Jellybabies committee
Compère Richard Carlow
Special guest speakers Howard Wallis and Sonia Fullerton
The Radlett Centre Manager Greg Dexter
Theatre co-ordinators on the night, Dave and Adam
All those who donated a raffle prize and the auction item
Gary Silver for his auctioneering skills
Diane Richardson for photography

…and of course to our amazing performers:
Nicholas Einhorn – Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle
Bennett Arron – award-winning comedian, writer and actor

Finally of course, we thank you, our wonderful audience! You helped us to raise a staggering £9,400 – so thank you all once again, you really are amazing.




Saturday 19th September 2015 – pictures with the Mayor of St Albans

The sun shone and the crowds turned out – just a typical market day in St Albans, except of course that today we were there too!

BEST PIC-Mayor+JoanneWe had a stall in one of the busiest parts of the market in order to promote our latest Eat Fit courses, running in both St Albans and Watford from October. We were handing out cups of fresh fruit to passers-by and chatting with people about the courses and what Eat Fit is all about.

Mayor+wristbandsWe were joined just after midday by the Mayor of St Albans, Councillor Salih Gaygusuz who helped with handing out flyers for over an hour, as well as giving out MGF wristbands to some of the younger market-goers. He was keen to help us promote awareness of Type 2 Diabetes and there were a few surprised faces, along with selfie requests when people realised who had come to join us.
Huge thanks to Diane Richardson for taking some fabulous photos that capture the occasion perfectly – your time is always very much appreciated.

Mayor+StallWe were also joined on the day by Antonia from Everyone Active – part of the team who are helping us to run the Eat Fit courses and we are thrilled that she was there to represent the fitness side of the campaign.

THANKS AGAIN to all who came to help on the day.

The Eat Fit 8-week courses start on Mon 5th Oct at Everyone Active, Westminster Lodge, St Albans from 7.30-8.30pm and on Wed 7th Oct at Everyone Active, Central Watford, from 7.30-8.30pm. £10 per session – all over-18s are welcome…supporting partners are also welcome at no extra cost.

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Thursday 10th September 2015 – pictures with the Mayor of Watford

Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill is a keen supporter of The MGF and was delighted to join us at Everyone Active in Central Watford for a photo session to promote our latest Eat Fit course there.

DorothyEatFitThanks also to Gary Foley, General Manager of Everyone Active, Central Watford who has kindly provided us with a meeting room in the centre where we can meet and hold our weekly sessions over 8 weeks, beginning on Wednesday 7th October.

We are very grateful to Watford Borough Council for sponsoring our Watford course – this is an exciting time and we’re looking forward to lively group discussions about health, fitness, nutrition and Type 2 Diabetes.

Click through to our dedicated page to find out more about EAT FIT

Friday 21st August 2015 – Cookery Party

Return of The Pampered Chef!

IMG_7684This time it was Catherine and Nick Baldwin’s turn to host a party with a percentage of the sales of Pampered Chef goodies on the night going towards The MGF.

It was a glorious summer’s evening – despite all the rain of the previous days, this was perfectly sublime for an evening party outdoors.

IMG_7693Once again, Caroline Byrne brought along a host of gadgets to demonstrate whilst preparing some rather tasty mexican food during the evening. With freshly-prepared tortilla and churros, plus a spread of buffet food to tuck into, everyone had a lovely evening, especially those who ‘had a go’ on the spiraliser!

Thanks again to Caroline. You can find more of what she does here: Caroline’sCookery

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Sunday 12th July 2015 – British 10K London Run

Well done to all our runners and organisers for this year’s 10K. It was a fabulous day full of energy – the crowds were behind all the runners and we were certainly there cheering on our 12 entrants:

– David Hurrell

– Natalia Green

– Jeremy Bard

– Marek Rejak

– Neal Emery

– Varsha Khatri

– Sandeep Khatri

– Niki Wallis

– Ben Wallis

– Stephanie Geisler

– Joanne Geisler

– Russell Millar

Great effort from everyone and HUGE thanks for all the money you raised – £6881.25 is an amazing amount – you should all feel very proud!


Saturday 27th June 2015 – Grand Union Challenge


Marek Rejak, from South Oxhey near Watford, decided to raise money for The Michael Green Foundation by running various marathons over the course of this year. He has already completed many of these, however, this weekend was his toughest challenge so far: The Grand Union Challenge – running 50K along the tow path of the Grand Union Canal from Maida Vale in central London to Cassiobury Park in Watford.


Marek shirt50K – an ULTRA CHALLENGE!
On one of the hottest days of the year so far too!
No mean feat, for sure.

Around 1500 people took part, choosing to either walk, jog or run the distance. Some decided that 25K was enough for them, some decided to run the full 100K, all the way to the foot of the Chilterns.

Marek startMarek set himself the goal many months ago of completing his 50K and was fully prepared for the day. There were some of us at the start line in Maida Vale to wish him well and cheer him on his way.

Thanks to Chris Ogle, Marek’s arrival in Watford was live-streamed and captured on film, including the momentous occasion when he crossed the finish line for the 50K runners with the announcement that he’d come 3rd and won the Bronze medal for his efforts. A fantastic achievement!

Marek off copyHe said: “It got tough at 30K…it was a bit lonely…but there was some shade and breeze along the way.”

Despite having just completed this ultra marathon run, after a much-needed rest, his sights will be back on fitness for the coming weeks: “I’ve got the [British] 10K in London in 2 weeks time and probably a 10K in Moor Park in September.”

Thank you so much to Marek for fund-raising for type 2 diabetes, and thank you also to Chris for our live-feed at the finish line on the day.

Watch the film here – Marek arrives at around 5:30 on the film clip


Sunday 21st June 2015 – International Day of Yoga


logoWell done to everyone for organising this event, and to everyone who took part – it was a privilege to be involved and we offer many thanks to Varsha Khatri from Illuminated Health for choosing to support us as her nominated charity. The other charity being supported on this occasion was St Luke’s Hospice for Harrow and Brent.

We also thank Chris, a member of our Eat Fit group for speaking on the day about how Eat Fit has changed his life. Thanks to Varsha and her advice as a nutritionist and as leader of our Eat Fit courses, we hope to reach more people like Chris.

Thank you again to Varsha, and all the other yoga teachers who helped to make this first International Day of Yoga a memorable and enjoyable occasion.

£700 was raised – split between the two charities. HUGE thanks.


Wednesday 17th June, 2015 – Cookery Party

Caroline Byrne from carolinescookery.co.uk showed an invited group of people how to make a delicious, croissant savoury ring and some yummy filo pastry sweet delights – she was also show-casing baking equipment from The Pampered Chef pampered chef.co.uk that was available to order on the night.

Any items ordered during the evening result in a payment to The Michael Green Foundation, likewise, for those present who booked their own party, The MGF is given a further payment.

Tania Clarke taniaclarke.co.uk kindly hosted this event on, and beside, her canal boat, Dignity, currently moored at Bourne End.

This was be a fun-filled evening and we enjoyed the fruits of our labours at the end!

Huge thanks to Tania and Caroline for this collaboration and for kindly donating a share of the proceeds towards furthering our campaign to raise awareness of Type 2 Diabetes.

There will be another party in August, again with donated proceeds to The MGF.

Ready, steady…bake!

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Sunday 3rd May, 2015 – World Run

Marek Rejak has teamed up with The Michael Green Foundation to run a total of 5 races from February through to July in 2015. This is an amazing challenge and we are very grateful to him for choosing us as his nominated charity.

WorldRunLogoMarek has already run the Watford Half Marathon on 1st February, another Half Marathon on 1st March, next he ran the celebrated World Run on 3rd May – a race set in 35 locations across the world…with Silverstone being the GB location.

The scene was set, Wings For Life World Run, where the starting line is known but the finish line is different for every runner. A chaser car is released 30 minutes after the start at the speed of 15 km/h and speeds up after every hour.
So here it is, the final result:

The Race:
Distance: 27.56km / 17.13 miles
Duration: 2:17:01
Average pace: 4:58/km 8:00/mile

For more information on Marek’s preparation for this event and for information about all things to do with running, see his website:


Marek has yet to run the Grand Union Canal Challenge on 27th June and finally the British 10k on 12th July.

He  has also just started a running club for all ages, and all abilities on Saturday mornings at 9am in Cassiobury Park (Parkside Drive entrance). If you would like to find out more, contact him via Facebook: www.facebook.com/Helpgetfitcom


Read more about his running challenges and please donate here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Marek

For hints and tips on running, see Marek’s website: helpgetfit.com

For information on this incredible World Run event, held at Silverstone, including the course and spectator admission,  please see the website: Wings for Life World Run

Sunday 26th April, 2015 – London Marathon

Mara2015logoJordan Silver ran the 2015 London Marathon for our charity and his story was featured on the BBC Sport ‘Get Inspired’ page – 4th story:

He is type 1 diabetic and his parents are trustees of The Michael Green Foundation, so he was keen to take part in this challenge for many reasons. His younger brother, Lewis also ran but for JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – therefore both type 1 and type 2 diabetes charities were supported.

We also held a joint Cookery Demonstration with JDRF last week to raise funds for the boys and their marathon totals – the event raised £3000 which will be split between the two charities.

Jordan has raised over £2600 for The Michael Green Foundation and his inspiring story is here:

Family and friends of the two boys stood with the JDRF group of supporters, near the 13mile / 22mile markers (JDRF had many runners taking part in the marathon) to cheer on Jordan, Lewis and all those taking part.

The pics here are firstly of Jordan and Lewis at 13 miles (Jordan in front with his black named running vest and Lewis behind with a JDRF vest, waving at us.

The 22 mile pics show Lewis (now just ahead of his brother) blowing us a kiss and Jordan hi-fiving us on the way past – both boys clearly in good spirits and good health in the latter stages of this gruelling marathon.

22miles-Jordan 22miles-LewisJordan finished in 4hrs 44 and Lewis in 4hrs 35.

Both were amazing and it was a great day to enjoy. Well done to all those runners.

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