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 Steve Barnett, the Trust’s Chair.
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 – 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