Tuesday 14th March 2017 – Chairman’s Charity Quiz Night
As one of his nominated charities, we were invited to attend the annual Chairman’s Charity Quiz at Watford Colosseum. Darren Walford and his wife Tanya welcomed a dining room full of people to this fun, charity evening and we were pleased to chat with all guests as they arrived about the work that we do. We had a display in the foyer, along with the other local charity that the Chairman is support this year, Watford Workshop – we have come to know them and their fantastic work quite well over the last few months as we have attended various functions together.
After the first few rounds of the quiz, we dined on a fish and chip supper and then resumed the quiz to it’s nail-biting conclusion! Sadly we didn’t win, but we didn’t come last either (that honour was reserved for the Chairman’s table!) There was a raffle on the night, generously supported with donated prizes from local businesses – our charity will receive a portion of the raffle takings, for which we are very grateful.
Friday 10th March 2017 – Fashion Show with Team Major Key
Well done, and thank you to Team Major Key – an innovative group of sixth form students from Queen’s School in Bushey – for organising a Fashion Show at Queen’s School, Bushey as part of their Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge – proceeds of which are raised for our charity.
It was a fun evening with clothes donated by Intu, modelled by students (and even some of the team members!) – some were available for sale on the night and some will be auctioned next week.
There was also a raffle with prizes generously donated by local businesses including The King Stag in Bushey, Jury’s Inn and Watford Football Club. Student band ‘36 hours’ entertained the audience throughout the evening, despite only having actually formed as a band 36 hours earlier…hence the name!
Thanks again to everyone involved in organising this fun event and to everyone who supported it.
Friday 10th March 2017 – Market Stall in Watford High Street
The MGDF had a stall in Watford Market to raise awareness of Type 2 Diabetes and to talk to people about healthy eating and healthier lifestyles.
We made a vast amount of Mediterranean Quinoa Salad and handed tasters to people as we talked about diabetes and how, with some small changes to the way we live, eat and exercise, we can help to prevent, manage or reverse type 2 diabetes in the majority of cases.
Three out of four we spoke to were either diabetic or were borderline diabetic – quite a staggering statistic, but one that, as a nation, we are becoming more aware of. However, with a mindful approach to the food and drink we consume and an increase in the time we spend out and about (instead of sat in front of the desk, computer or tv!), there are very positive changes that can be made. Factor in some other changes, like a reduction in alcohol consumption and giving up smoking, and we can improve our quality of life in dramatic ways.
We must say a word of thanks to Robert Langer from the Watford Market for organising the stall and helping us to set it up on the day – as complete novices, it was good to have someone on hand who knew what they were doing!
We were joined on the day by a team of volunteers from Watford Borough Council, very kindly organised by Lelita Bloxham – they were all very generous with their time and really helped us to engage with the passers-by.
Thanks also to Darren Walford, Chair of Watford Council for popping down to see us in action. Darren and his wife Tanya have really taken an interest in our work over the past few months since choosing The MGDF as one of the Chair’s two, local, nominated charities to support this year.
Huge thanks also to Diane Richardson for really capturing the flavour of the day with some stunning photographs. Thank you for taking the time to join us and help us to bring the event to life in posts such as these 🙂 Thanks also to Link4Growth’s Chris Ogle for coming along and conducting a video interview of the event – another great way to spread the news of what this charity is doing and to share far and wide.
We were also talking to people in Watford about our new Standing Order Form – an easy way to donate on a regular basis.
Final thanks go to Rio Baldwin who came and joined me (Catherine) on the afternoon shift in the town and who was there to keep me going when my feet said ‘no’!
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 small can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 small can butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cucumber, seeded and chopped
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
handful of fresh basil, chopped
small handful of chives, snipped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
salt and garlic pepper to taste
1. Cook quinoa as per pack instructions and leave to cool.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the chickpeas, butter beans, peppers, cucumber, tomato, onion and herbs.
3. Add the quinoa to the bowl and mix together carefully.
4. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small jug, pour the mixture over the salad and stir gently.
5. Taste and check seasoning then it’s ready to serve.
Add feta cheese and olives if you like, or a sprinkling of seeds or pine nuts to add some crunch.
Wednesday 8th March 2017 – Presentation from Watford Lions Club
We were delighted to attend this Presentation evening and to be handed a cheque for £2000 from Watford Lions Club. They have been kind enough to distribute collected funds from previous months activities and fund-raisers to various charities and it was fantastic to see how their work has benefitted so many deserving, local charities.
Thank you to Watford Council Chairman Darren Walford and his wife, Tanya for presenting the cheques and to Club President Berice Andrews, Club Secretary (and photographer!) Johnson Wong and all at Watord Lions for their generous donation and kind hospitality.
Tuesday 13th December 2016 – £12,000 to Watford Hospital
Joanne Green, MGDF Chair, was delighted to be able to hand over another cheque to the diabetes unit at Watford General Hospital, bringing total donations to the unit to a whopping £36,000 over 3 years. They met with Professor Steve Barnett, Chairman of West Herts NHS Trust; Dr. Thomas Galliford, Consultant Endocrinologist; and Sonia Fullerton, Lead Specialist Diabetes Nurse.
Pictured here is Joanne Green with Professor Steve Barnett, Chair of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust.
Friday 25th November 2016 – Wine Tasting
Our friends at Reason Coffee Shop and Bookstore kindly hosted a Wine Tasting event. Huge thanks to Neal & Lisa Emery and the team at Reason, thanks also to Diane Richardson for helping to organise the event and to Julia Jenkins from Flagship Wines for the splendid collection of wines on the night.
Reason Coffee Shop and Bookstore do an incredible job, not just when it comes to serving tasty coffee (other drinks are also available!) but also when it comes to reaching out into the community. Their Pay it Forward and Little Larder schemes for the homeless of Watford are very effective ways of making a positive change locally. They also play host to many groups who wish to meet, chat and swap ideas and inspiration, or if they just want to come and knit together!
Anyone who has already been to one of Reason’s infamous Wine Tastings will know that it’s always great fun as well as being very informative and a golden opportunity to stock up on some cases of wine both for personal enjoyment and also, in this case, as Christmas presents, of course! This particular occasion was no exception and all those who attended had a fabulous evening.
Thanks to all who support the raffle – we raised £58 in all. It was great to have a signed book by Tom Kerridge going to one of his biggest fans – well done Lisa!
Photo credits go, with thanks, to Diane Richardson – some great shots that really capture the flavour of the evening.
Dragon’s Apprentice 2016/17
We are delighted to have been selected to take part in this year’s Dragon’s Apprentice, organised by Watford & Three Rivers Trust and brings together local schools and businesses to raise money for local charities.
The MGDF has been paired with an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial group of Year 12 students from Queens School, Bushey. Their mentors, or ‘Dragons’ for the project are Myers Clark Chartered Accountants, a company who have been established in the heart of Watford for many years, with a reputation for excellence and attention to detail.
We had our first meeting together on 1st November and many interesting fundraising ideas were discussed, ranging from car-washing to a fashion show. It was decided that the first event would be a Quiz Night at the school so it was important to start allocating roles and mostly importantly, a team name!
Team ‘Major Key’ is now up and running – follow them on Twitter @TeamMajorKey and also on Facebook Team #MajorKey to give them all the support and encouragement you can. Supporting this project will enable these young people to achieve greater understanding of the world of business, marketing and project management whilst fundraising and ‘giving back’ to the community they live in.
Go Team #MajorKey !
Friday 14th October 2016 – Coffee Networking
Many thanks to Dipa Kotak and the Link4Growth team for inviting us to their coffee networking event at the Travellers Rest Beefeater in Kenton. There were lots of people we hadn’t met before and it was great to make some new connections, and also talk about the charity and what we do.
Coffee mornings are just one of the ways in which Link4Growth helps to bring community groups together, both for business and charity and also for individuals. There are many such events up and down the country where people have a chance to meet and share ideas.
Find out more about Link4Growth here: LINK4GROWTH
If you wish to host a coffee morning event as a charity fundraiser, please do get in touch.
Friday 7th October 2016 – Audentior Awards
Catherine, MGDF Trustee, was delighted to attend Watford’s 2016 Audentior Awards as a representative of the charity and as a guest of Watford Council’s Chairman, Darren Walford and Watford’s elected Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill. Many thanks to them for their kind invitation.
We are one of the Chairman’s two nominated charities for this year, along with Watford Workshop. Both charities were there as part of an award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of Watford’s charities and volunteer organisations.
It was great to chat with the other invited guests over drinks and canapés in the foyer before taking our seats and being entertained with a brilliant showcase of Legally Blonde by Cassio Productions – the show will be in full swing at Watford Palace Theatre from 9-12 Nov and I urge everyone to go and applaud this amazing group of talented young people.
The film reel backdrop that played throughout the evening gave us a real insight into the work of the volunteer organisations in Watford and full credit must go to Ian Port and Steve Martin of Think About it Films for their hard work in putting this together. You can watch the film reel on their website: Think About It Films
Thanks to all involved: those who cooked the delicious foodie offerings; those who served drinks; those responsible for the pretty table decorations; and those who had to clear up after us all at the end of the night!
Thanks also to Darren, his wife Tanya and their daughter Yaz, Linda from Watford Workshop, plus the others on our table, for a fun evening of friendly conversation. Huge thanks also to everyone on the night for their generous donations towards the raffle – approx. £1500 was raised, with the funds being split between MGDF and Watford Workshop.
Donations – October 2016
We would like to thank Willis Towers Watson for their exceptionally generous donation made recently to our charity.
The money donated will go a long way to helping to provide vital equipment for The Michael Clements Diabetes Centre at Watford General Hospital, where the turnover of patients has significantly increased in recent times. This will aid them to see more patients and help get vital treatment for those that need it.
Thanks also to Paul White of Frogmore for his incredibly generous donation that will enable us now to proceed with a Recipe Book project that we have wanted to get the ball rolling on for some time now. We will be gathering a collection of healthy-eating, easy-to-prepare recipes from top chefs locally and further afield, with a view to selling it locally and nationally even. It’s time to get cooking!
Wednesday 28th September 2016 – Ladies Bingo
A great night was had by all and we raised £540 in the process!
Huge thanks to all who were involved: Richard Carlowe for his excellent Bingo calling, the MGDF team (Joanne, Simone and Catherine) for putting it all together, those who provided the yummy food platters, Radlett United Synagogue for the beautiful venue and of course all of you who came and supported the event.
Together, we raised £537 on the night.
Sunday 10th July 2016 – British 10K London Run
This year we had 16 runners in total, including a top team of hospital staff from West Herts Hospitals NHS in Watford – they were especially keen to lend their support to this event as many of them see first-hand where the money raised is spent and the vital equipment and services it helps to support.
It was a fun day, with crowds lining the streets and all the familiar sights of London to take in along the route. We cheered all the runners as they passed our pitch on the corner of Parliament Square, heading into the final stretch and ultimately the finish line in Whitehall.
Huge thanks to all our runners – your time and commitment is worthy of a standing ovation. Thanks also to all those who were kind enough to sponsor the runners. The total raised is a figure just over £4200 with some money still coming in.
West Herts Hospital Team (Mark Currie, Seena Shah, David Pike, Jeremy Lowe, Alan Osman, Stephen Dunham, Javeed Iqbal, Neal Emery and team captain, Lisa Emery)
Jeremy & James Silverstone
Jess & David Hurrell
Jo & Stephanie Geisler
Sunday 12th June 2016 – St Albans Half Marathon
Nathan Morris, just 12 years old, decided to take on the challenge of running the 5K in St Albans on Sunday 12th June as part of the Half Marathon race events around the city.
He completed the race in just 21 mins and 38 secs and came 18th overall and 6th in his age group – well done Nathan!
He said that he chose to raise money for The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation because “…the charity is very close to my heart”.
So far, donations to his VirginMoneyGiving page are totalling an amazing £442.50. Many thanks to all who have donated and of course, thank you to Nathan for this tremendous achievement.
It is still possible to still donate online by clicking HERE.
April 2016 – new Patron – Baroness Dorothy Thornhill MBE
Dorothy has supported us already on various projects in the past – please go to our Patrons page to find out more about the work that Dorothy carries out locally and also how she has helped us with the furthering the awareness of diabetes in the Watford area.
April 2016 – Logo update
In case anyone hadn’t already noticed, we’ve updated the logo that we use on social media and on our website. The idea eventually is to roll it out across the whole of our branded merchandise and stationery.
The reason?Well, it’s important to us that people realise instantly what the charity is about and we feel that this small change will have a greater impact when it comes to displaying what our message is all about. We’ve already had lots of positive feedback so it’s good to know that we made the right decision.
Thanks again for all your support – we couldn’t do any of this without you.
Friday 29th January 2016 – Yellow Comedy Charity Night at Watford Museum
Andrew Carberry from Yellow Comedy kindly arranged a special charity night with all all donations on the night going to The Michael Green DiabetesFoundation.
MC on the night was be Michael Hill and the headliner was Yellow Comedy Queen of Herts 2015, Sandra Hale.
Also Appearing were – The Bosun’s Delight (Featuring Andrew Carberry, Jules Garnett, Jac Latham, Vic Rance and Christopher Serbutt), Jack Brooks, LJ Da Funk, Sian Doughty, Matt Duwell.
With the raffle and kind donations on the night, we raised £216 – thanks to all who made this evening a great success 🙂
Go to the Yellow Comedy website for more details about the comedians involved and for future shows.
Photo credit: Diane Richardson