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Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Cookery Demonstration

Hartsbourne Golf and Country Club in Bushey played host to our evening of culinary expertise.

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Reception-1After a tea/coffee reception, our 130 guests were delighted to see Silvia Nacamulli – celebrated Jewish/Italian chef of La Cucina di Silvia – demonstrate how to make several delicious canapés, which everyone then had the chance to savour.

The evening was a fundraising collaboration for The Michael Green Foundation and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) – two charities dedicated to type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Jordan Silver is running the 2015 London Marathon for us and his brother, Lewis is running for JDRF. Over £3000 was raised from ticket sales and the raffle at this cooking event – proceeds will be split between the two charity fundraising totals.
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We are incredibly grateful to all who helped:
– Simone and Gary Silver for organising the event with Silvia and the Hartsbourne Golf Club
– Vicki Shaverien for the goodie bags
– Resolution Property for sponsoring the projection equipment and screens
– all those who helped to sell raffle tickets
– those who helped in the kitchen to prepare the 6 courses of canapés and for serving these to all the guests
– Diane Richardson, our expert photographer from our Link4Growth connections
– Hartsbourne Golf Club staff for their attention to detail- everyone who donated a raffle prize: The Sanderson Hotel; The Grove, Watford; The Laura Ashley Hotel, Edgware; Champneys Health Farm; Click Photography; The Village Hotel, Elstree; The Aviv Restaurant, Edgware; Hartsbourne Golf Club; Memphis the Musical show organisers; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory show organisers;

…and anyone else who contributed in any way to make this such a fabulous evening!
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If you would like to find out more about Silvia’s private cooking lessons or her cookery courses, you can find out more here:
www.cookingforthesoul.com

Pictured here are:

(left) Silvia Nacamulli

(below) Simone, Jordan and Gary Silver

 

 

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Wednesday 1st April 2015 – BOBfm interviews

Just a couple of snippets that played on BOBfm this week, thanks to Chris Hubbard’s telephone interview with The Michael Green Foundation’s founder, Joanne Green.

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Tuesday 31st March – Mail Online (Health) article

by Fiona Duffy, a freelance journalist

Following an in-depth interview and photoshoot with charity founder, Joanne Green and her daughter Natalia, this article appeared in the Health section of the Mail Online.

We are grateful to Fiona for helping us to share the story of Michael’s condition with a much wider audience with this full and sensitively-written article.

MailOnline – The silent heart attack that can strike diabetics without warning

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Friday 20th March, 2015 – Jordan Silver’s article in Watford Observer

Jyoti Rambhai wrote this for the Watford Observer, covering Jordan’s challenge to run the the 2015 London Marathon and raise money for The Michael Green Foundation.

The article can also be found online here:

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February 2015

Huge thanks to our friends at Waitrose in St Albans.

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We were successful in being nominated for their local “in branch” Waitrose Community Matters’ Charity initiative for the month of February. We were delighted to receive a generous donation through this scheme for a grand total of £472.

Thank you to Georgie Durbin at Waitrose, St Albans, for helping to make this possible.

Tuesday 17th February, 2015 – Pinner Rotary Club

We were delighted to be the invited guest speaker at Pinner Rotary Club.

After a very warm welcome, The Michael Green Foundation founder, Joanne Green spoke at the club meeting about the symptoms and dangers of Type 2 Diabetes and what positive steps we can all take to reduce the risk of this condition in our lives.

PinnerRotaryWe enjoyed the kindness of the club’s hospitality and the tasty meal that was served. We also thank them very kindly for their generous donation of £100 which was gratefully received.

Thanks to Cathy Kim, Speaker Secretary of Pinner Rotary Club, for organising the visit.

 

Thursday 8th January 2015 – Radio Verulam Interview

Joanne was the guest of Danny Smith on his Drivetime Show (for the second time!) for a comprehensive interview covering a whole range of topics but specifically covering what The Michael Green Foundation stands for and what we are trying to achieve with our Eat Fit 12-week course, due to start on Monday 12th January.

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Have a listen:

Saturday 15th November 2014 – Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow

Crowds of people took advantage of the Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in Watford High Street on Saturday 15th November. Of the 127 people who undertook a free risk assessment, 54% of these were identified as being potentially at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 68 people were referred to their doctor for further testing, advice and support because of the increased chance that they would develop the condition.

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The Diabetes UK roadshow bus was  comissioned by The Michael Green Foundation – a charity set up by Joanne Green after the death of her husband in December 2012 from a silent heart attack – one of the complications of Type 2 Diabetes. Their daughter, 17-year old Natalia was with Joanne at the roadshow, amongst other family and friends who were there to support the event. Friend and supporter, Richard Doughty, a former Guardian journalist, was also there to talk to people about his reversal of Type 2 Diabetes.

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Joanne said: “Michael was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes when he was 25 but didn’t ever do enough to change his diet and lifestyle. He didn’t take it seriously and now his daughter will grow up without her beloved daddy. We need to tell people about this condition and what can be done to prevent it so that nobody else has to go through the overwhelming pain of losing a loved one through a lack of knowledge.”

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Watford’s Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, who came to meet and talk with people, commented to Joanne: “Your commitment and enthusiasm are infectious! Your love for your husband must have been wonderful to motivate you so.”

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From its onset in June 2013, the aims of The Michael Green Foundation have always been:-

• To raise awareness of Type 2 Diabetes via early screening and increased self-awareness of early symptoms.

• To raise money for The Michael Clements Diabetes Centre at Watford General Hospital.

Joanne is pleased to announce: “To date the unit have received £20,000, funding The Michael Green Dietetic Educational Kitchen which opened in December 2013. This year they are appointing a dedicated dietician for this kitchen. These  were once merely dreams that the centre had – now those dreams are coming true.”

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Over 850,000 people today have Type 2 diabetes with more than seven million at risk of developing it in the next few years, yet knowledge of the symptoms and complications is still not widespread. This is something The Michael Green Foundation are on a mission to change.

Natalia said: “The Michael Green Foundation ensures that my dad’s legacy lives on.”

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Wednesday 22nd October – Letter from Watford Hospital

Today we received a letter that meant a great deal to us and we want to share it with you:

Dear Joanne

Thank you so much for the funds raised for the Dietetic education kitchen and this latest amount to go towards funding a Dietitian. You will be pleased to hear that the Specialist Diabetes Dietitian post has now been advertised. We are hoping to have the dietitian in post by January. This is a very exciting development and will enable us to do a lot more focused group education sessions, one to one teaching as well as Nurse/Dietitian joint education sessions.

All your fund raising efforts are much appreciated and will improve patient care.

Regards

Smita

Smita Ganatra  Therapy Lead for Dietetics and Physiotherapy OPD West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust  Watford General Hospital

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Thursday 16th November – Joel’s Cross Country on Crutches!

Joel walkJoel Carlowe broke his leg in a rugby accident, but he decided to set himself a challenge and raise money for The Michael Green Foundation. He completed his school cross country ‘run’ with a broken leg on crutches and set up his own Virgin Money Giving page especially for the sponsored event. He’s achieved something quite amazing and we are very grateful for his selfless efforts.

So far he’s managed to raise £280 (£340 with Gift Aid included) which is fabulous!

His fundraising page is below, along with the article in The Watford Observer covering the event – click on the article to link to the page.

Well done to all who have supported this venture and congratulations to Joel as well – we wish him a speedy recovery!

http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/JoelCarlowe

Huge thanks to our friends at the local press office for helping us to spread the word about this fantastic event:

 

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PRESS AFTER THE EVENT:

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http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/11550930.Teen_with_broken_leg_raises___550_in_school_s_cross_country_race/

 

Thursday 9th October – SOS Charity Golf Event

Search Office Space (SOS) have been friends of The Michael Green Foundation right from the very beginning. Their advice, support and sponsorship of our events have been invaluable in the building of our charity.

The SOS Agents Charity Golf Event took place at Dyrham Park on 9th October and those attending enjoyed welcome snacks and 18 holes of golf followed by lunch, whilst meeting and spending time with like-minded individuals in the industry.

Golf2CEO of Search Office Space, Richard Smith said of the event: “We are delighted to be hosting our latest agent charity golf day. We’ve invited agents and property professionals from all over the UK to take part in this exciting event. It’s one of the largest networking opportunities in the sector and it’s a great sporting way to  support our charity The Michael Green Foundation and the good work they are doing to create awareness and provide support to sufferers of Type 2 Diabetes”.

The event is sponsored by specialist office designing business Boxx Projects and SOS would like to thank them for their generosity and support to SOS for charity event.

Proceeds from the day’s competitions, raffle and donations were donated to The Michael Green Foundation, totalling a very generous £800. Thank you to all who organised and supported this event – special thanks to our Trustee, Gary Silver for speaking on the day and introducing the charity to the invited guests.

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September 2014 – Launch of MGF Awareness Film

Over the summer, The Michael Green Foundation commissioned the production of a short, promotional film. The film depicts the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes in a hard-hitting and memorable narrative.

We offer our grateful thanks to Ian and Steve at Think About It Films for their time and expertise in creating this for us. The official launch of the film will be at the Supper Quiz where Ian will say a few words on the making of the film and what it’s all about.

Please share this link as far and wide as you can so that more people may learn about the symptoms of this condition.

 

Sunday 28th September – Supper Quiz at The Village Hotel, Elstree – £8000 Raised!

TAKE A LOOK inside our event brochure to see who was there, who our sponsors and patrons are, and who supported this fantastic event.

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180 INVITED GUESTS arrived at The Village Hotel for this prestigious occasion – they were greeted by a rolling slideshow of photos from the past year of the charity’s events, played out on the big screen to the tune of the Black Eyed Peas ‘I’ve got a feeling…it’s gonna be a good night…’ And a good night it was too!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe official part of the evening began with the playing of our new short film, outlining the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes – 45 seconds to remind us what the aims of the charity are – to further the awareness of the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and to try and save lives. Then came a short welcome speech from charity founder and chair, Joanne Green where she thanked all those who have supported the charity since its inception in June 2013.

A combination of dinner, chat and quiz rounds followed, with the room buzzing with an infectious vibe that steered the whole of the evening into an enjoyable, and memorable experience.

Halfway through the evening, charity Trustee Simone Silver and Natalia presented a cheque for £10,000 for the second year running to the Michael Clements Diabetes Centre at Watford General Hospital.

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Dr Arla Ogilvie, who works at the centre, said: “Many of you will remember last year’s quiz when Joanne presented to us a cheque for £10,000 which was beyond anything we could ever have imagined – we were absolutely bowled over.”

This money was used to build The Michael Green Educational Dietetic Kitchen.

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Dr Ogilvie added: “We are truly grateful today for the gift…of a further £10,000 which will enable us to fund the dietician that we need to get the most for our patients from the educational kitchen.

“I thank you so very, very much. Your energy and enthusiasm are an inspiration to us all. Michael would indeed have been very proud.”

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We were also honoured to have Dr Michael Clements and his wife, Barbara as our guests on this occasion.

The next speaker of the evening was Chris Ogle who outlined a new initiative that the charity is finalising that will enable both those with diabetes at the moment, plus those at risk of developing the condition, to be able to do a simple blood test – to measure the blood glucose levels for the previous 2-3 months – in the comfort of their own home…at present, this test is only available through a doctor or hospital appointment.

Read more here: http://www.michaelgreenfoundation.org/hba1c/

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Dessert followed, plus the final quiz rounds – congratulations to our winners on Table 1 (why is it always Table 1!).

We then had our raffle draws and an auction with many wonderful prizes, donated by very generous individuals and local companies, to whom we are very grateful.

Special thanks to Richard Carlowe for running the quiz and auction; to Simone, Gary, Jeremy and Catherine as Trustees with unwavering dedication and commitment, plus our committee and team of helpers on the night who ensured the smooth running of the event.

Thanks also to Joanne of course for her passion and vision that has led the charity to where it is today.

And finally, thanks to all who came last night – we couldn’t have done it without YOU!

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This is what some of our guests were saying:

“Once again mazeltov to you and the committee on a great evening. May the Charity in Michael’s name go from strength to strength Love to you and Tali and Happy & Healthy New Year.”  – Howard Peterman

“I think last night was a big success! It’s quite outstanding what you have achieved through grief and darkness. You were a different woman on that stage last night and Tally looked confident and very good! Keep reaching for the stars!”  – Michelle Werb   

“Well done for organising a fantastic evening. Hope you raised lots. Michael would have been v. proud.”  – Sue Mellman

“Brilliant evening at +The Michael Green Foundation Supper Quiz. Great to see a local charity doing awesome work and I’m proud to be helping them and to wear their wristband!  – Alex Murray (Link4Growth)

 

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Our complimentary, glossy brochure that accompanied this event was given out on the night to our guests and is NOW available online:

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This event also had a great write up in the Watford Observer – thanks to reports from Victoria Oliphant and Jyoti Rambhai:

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Friday19th September – Tea & Cakes at St Margaret’s School, Bushey

MASSIVE THANKS to the Connections ladies at St Margaret’s for organising this afternoon event. There was an tasty array of cakes, fruit, hot and cold drinks for all to share. The girls enjoyed jostling around the tables and gave their donations very generously and their selfless giving is to be noted and commended.

There were plenty of the staff and parents too who enjoyed a few culinary delights in the autumn sunshine.

Thank you again to all those who helped to organise the event – especially as this marks the end of a very successful fundraising year as St Margaret’s nominated charity. We are grateful for all their help and support and we wish all the girls well in their future at the school and beyond.

Pictured below are the Connections team preparing for tea on the lawn….this was the calm before the storm that followed the end of school bell!

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September 2014 – Diabetes UK Balance Magazine

Grab the latest copy (Sept/Oct 2014) of ‘Balance’ magazine from our friends at Diabetes UK….they have written a fantastic article about The Michael Green Foundation called ‘Doing it for Michael’.

It’s all about the British 10K and our fantastic team of runners who really made a difference in July with their fundraising efforts as well as their commitment on the day to raising awareness of The Michael Green Foundation. The physical challenge was rewarding and we’re already looking forward to next year!

There’s  also a nice plug in this article about a new event that we’re in the process of promoting – a Roadshow, in partnership with Diabetes UK – on Saturday Nov 15th in Watford High Street. There will be a roadshow bus, a team of experts and lots of activities to get involved in…we’ve already got the thumbs-up from Watford’s Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, who will be there on the day! Put the date in your diaries and look out for more details, coming soon.

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Huge thanks to the team who wrote and published this article – it means a lot.
Find out more about Diabetes UK and the work they do here:
http://www.diabetes.org.uk/

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Sunday 13th July – British 10k London Run

We entered a team of 12 runners in this well-known and prestigious sporting event – our runners ranged in age from 16 to 50+ and enjoyed a family atmosphere, amongst a crowd of 30,000 who arrived in central London for the occasion. It was a fantastic experience and everyone did so well on the day – exceeding all expectations! The event was a great opportunity for fund-raising for The Michael Green Foundation, as well as being a personal fitness challenge to all those taking part. After running the 10 kilometres around the most well-known sights and tourist attractions in London, all who finished were awarded a medal and later online, a certificate, finishing photos and a short video of themselves ‘crossing the line’.

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Thanks to all who sponsored a runner and for all the donations we have received. So far, we have raised over £3000 with totals still to be finalised. Part of the money will go towards the charity’s next target of a dietician for The Michael Green Educational Dietetic Kitchen at Watford General Hospital. Part of the money will go towards the commissioning of a Diabetes UK Roadshow bus in Watford High Street on Saturday 15th November – this forms part of the commitment in our mission statement to raise awareness of Typ2 diabetes and the dangers of complications arising from the condition.

There are photos below of those who took part. We extend a personal THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to each of them:

Natalia Green, Kiri Baldwin, Simone Silver, Jordan Silver, Lewis Silver, Steve Moore, James Silverman, Kirstie Lauren, Louise Radley, Jonathan Treasure, Gary Green and Simon Hendon.

For some, this 10K was a really personal challenge, especially for the 16 year old daughter of Michael Green, who was running this in memory of her beloved daddy, who she adored.

For a limited period of time, you can still sponsor a runner or make a donation here VirginMoneyGivingBritish10K

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Saturday 12th July – Diabetes Awareness Day – Watford & Abbots Langley

Richard Harrington MP for Watford has been working in partnership with The Michael Green Foundation and a group of local pharmacies to raise awareness of diabetes.

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These pharmacies (listed below) participated on the day and were offering tests and friendly chats about the risk or management of diabetes. You can ask at your local pharmacy at any time for advice and they will be happy to help.

Richard is pictured above with Cllr. Binita Mehta at Cassiobury Pharmacy.

Chemilab Pharmacy
103 North Approach, Watford WD25 0EL

Cassiobury Pharmacy
53 Langley Way, Watford WD17 3EA

Leavesden Pharmacy
14 Katherine Place, Abbots Langley WD5 0BT

Hintons Pharmacy
88 High Street, Town Centre, Watford WD18 1AW

JP Pharmacy
Retail Unit B, Attenborough Court, Owen’s Square, Watford WD19 4FN

Meriden Pharmacy
Harvest End, Watford WD25 9UB

Tudorken Limited
364 St Albans Road, Watford WD24 6PQ

Asda Pharmacy
Odhams Trading Est, St Albans Rd, Watford WD24 7RT

Abbots Langley Pharmacy
78 High Street, Abbots Langley WD5 0AW

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21 Upton Road, Watford WD18 0JL

 

This is the poster that the pharmacies displayed in their windows on the day.

Many thanks to all who helped to organise this event.

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June 2014 – New Patrons

The Michael Green Foundation are delighted to announce the appointment of their new patrons, Richard Harrington, MP for Watford and Dr Michael Clements, specialist  in diabetes and endocrinology.

Richard has been a great inspiration in championing the work we do and offering invaluable advice and support.Michael and his team at the Michael Clements Diabetes Centre at Watford have been instrumental in the origins of this charity.Grateful thanks to both.We’re looking forward to a busy and exciting future!

 

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Thursday 19th June – Rebecca Adlington in St Albans

Rebecca Adlington greeted 1,000 St Albans school children at a Legacy Games event this week (see the Herts Advertiser link below for the full story).

Guess who was also there? Our very own Natalia of course, with a lovely photo opportunity with the Olympic star at Everyone Active, Westminster Lodge, St Albans. Note the rather excellent hoodie that Natalia is wearing!

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Thursday 12th July – Diabetes Awareness Week event at Watford Hospital

We were met at the Michael Clements Diabetes Centre (part of Watford General Hospital) by Dr Michael Clements, Dr Arla Ogilvie and members of the team at the centre plus our specially invited guest, Richard Harrington MP for Watford. Richard was pleased to see such positive steps being taken in the new The Michael Green Educational Dietetic Kitchen, launched at the end of last year. There was lively chat and discussion over the ways that Type 2 Diabetes can be treated, reversed and prevented, with the help of expert advice and support.

Also arriving on the day were a group of motorcyclists from Novo Nordisk, a leading pharmaceutical company for Diabetes, originating in Norway. The group had travelled from a new office Glasgow, stopping at various diabetes centres along the way, raising awareness of the condition as they travelled.

Along with a special lunch for the nurses and all the above invited guests, the Watford centre was buzzing for this memorable occasion.

Photos below show: Novo Nordisk group with Dr Michael Clements and a member of the Diabetes Centre team; Dr Michael Clements, Richard Harrington MP, Joanne Green (our charity Founder), Dr Arla Ogilvie. The photos were taken in the new educational kitchen by Kelly Hickman and Catherine Baldwin.

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Saturday 10th May – St Margaret’s School (Bushey) May Fayre

Connections (the school parents association) have organised a May Fayre on Saturday 10th May, from 12.00pm until 3.00pm in the school grounds. The Michael Green Foundation is the nominated charity for the school’s fundraising activities for this year and so will receive half of the proceeds from this event – we are very grateful for the continued support of the school and of the Connections team.

We will have a stall at the Fayre on the day so do look out for us when you’re browsing through the host of activities. There will be games, entertainment, food and drink of all different varieties available to purchase so do come along and join in the fun.

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On our stall we will have some healthy, edible goodies, plus our new glow-in-the-dark wristbands (and yes, they really DO glow!). We will also be joined by MGF supporter Lewis Silver who will be showcasing his company Raw Energy and providing a sample of his freshly made vegetable and fruit juices in various exciting flavours – come along and taste the goodness!

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Tuesday April 29th – MGF Pub Quiz at The Three Crowns, Bushey

Well, what a night last night!

We held our first Pub Quiz event at The Three Crowns in Bushey and welcomed a whole host of friends and supporters to join in the fun.

Lots of people enjoyed a first class meal beforehand, from the pub’s excellent chef – meanwhile many were purchasing raffle tickets to win one of many generously donated prizes.

The quiz got underway with Quizmaster Steve O’Kane, and it was fairly level-pegging after the first round. ever, as time went on, it became clear that certain teams were making a bid for the champion’s title…thankfully the winners, ‘St Josephs’ didn’t gloat too much at the end. Well done to all taking part, including the pub regulars of course.

MGF Founder, Joanne Green gave a moving speech about the effects of Type 2 diabetes and the aims of the charity and we distributed some small cards outlining the main symptoms of the condition in order to help with increasing awareness.

We’re still waiting on final fundraising totals. The quiz registration and raffle made £467 but the pub has yet to confirm the amount raised from food sales (of which we receive 10%, and 15% from the pre-orders) and their own contribution from their donation fund.

We’re very grateful to Michael Duffy and his dedicated team at The Three Crowns in Bushey for allowing us to hold this event and for supporting the charity in such a community-spirited way.

And of course thank you to everyone who came and supported the event – we hope you all had an enjoyable evening and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Michael Duffy at The Three Crowns, has hosted many charity quiz nights over a number of years and has raised over £50,000 so far for local and national causes. See their website for more details, or if you are planning to hold a similar event: http://www.three-crowns.com

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Thursday April 10th – Radio Verulam Interview

Listen again to the interview with MGF founder, Joanne Green on Radio Verulam recorded on Thursday 10th April as part of their Drivetime show with Danny Smith.

Danny also very kindly wrote a piece on his blog about The Michael Green Foundation and you can read that here:

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Thanks again to the guys at Radio Verulam, particularly Danny, for supporting our charity in this way and promoting the aims of the charity in our local community…..and of course for their kind hospitality on the day!

 

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Sunday 6th April – Gary Green ran The Blackpool Marathon

Gary is a close friend and loyal supporter of The Michael Green Foundation and this is an amazing gesture on his part to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

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He ran the Blackpool Marathon with his son Joel and together they were supporting three charities – all of whom are extremely deserving – we are extremely grateful, of course.

The final total from this event is now standing at a whopping £1677! Thank you to all who have donated and thank you to Gary of course for his amazing achievement.

 

Tuesday 25th March – Grimsby Town F.C. Collection

We have strong links with Grimsby as it was the hometown of Michael Green and there are many there who are keen to honour his memory and to help our cause in any way they can. Grimsby Town Football Club kindly offered to have a bucket collection at their match on Tuesday 25th March against Luton Town. It’s great to have a popular sports club promoting our charity because health and fitness is an important part of our aim in combating Type 2 Diabetes – it’s also great to be linked with Grimsby in particular as it holds special fondness for the founders of this charity.

Thank you to all who helped to support this event and we wish the team well.

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Monday 24th March – Joanne’s interview on BBC Radio Humberside

The founder of The Michael Green Foundation, Joanne Green, was interviewed by David Burns during his morning show on BBC Radio Humberside. The charity collection that Grimsby Town F.C. are holding for The Michael Green Foundation tomorrow night (Tuesday 27th March) was an important promotion as The MGF has a strong connection with Grimsby – this was Michael Green’s hometown and the place where he grew up – and there are many who remember him fondly and are keen to support our charity, set up in his name.

Another strong focus of the interview was centred around the aims of the charity and the importance of spreading information about Type 2 diabetes and how, in most cases, it can be prevented.

It was a revelation to learn that ‘Burnsy’ himself has Type 2 diabetes and he was keen to highlight the fact that it is often the case that those with the condition are unaware of the complications that can arise as a result. However, with lifestyle changes, it is possible to make a huge difference to the quality of our lives – it is encouraging to see so much focus on healthy eating and healthy living, with more and more people deciding to make significant changes to their diet and exercise levels.

Listen to Joanne’s interview here and be inspired!

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Saturday 22nd March – Amy’s Sponsored Hair Cut

Amy Derrick, a Year 9 pupil at St Margaret’s School, Bushey has raised over £2300 for The Michael Green Foundation by having her very long hair cut very short – a huge decision for her to undertake but something she carefully considered and chose to do because she wanted to support our charity.HOBRadlett

Today marked the day, after weeks of anticipation, when Amy finally when for the chop!

There was a supportive crowd of mum Sally, dad Graham and sister Louise, along with an encouraging group of Amy’s school friends. We were also joined by Councillor Annie Brewster, Mayor of St Albans, MGF founder Joanne Green and her daughter Tally, plus supporters John Merrifield, Catherine Baldwin and daughter Kiri.

HOB Salons in Radlett were impeccable hosts for this occasion and their kind hospitality – inc. tea, coffee and Danish pastries – was gratefully received. Many thanks go to Richard and his wonderful team for allowing us to take over part of the salon for an hour on a busy Saturday morning.

We had ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo shoots and Amy put on a brave face throughout the proceedings – it will obviously take a little while to get used to the dramatic change in her appearance. Her pony-tail was snipped and measured at over 45cm. This hair is being donated to the Little Princess Trust – a charity that provides real-hair wigs for children suffering hair loss from cancer treatment.

Following words of thanks from the Mayor, Joanne and Sally, Amy’s final show-piece was to leave the HOB Salon sporting a fantastic new hair style.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, but extra special thanks go to Amy who showed courage and conviction in her selfless act to help others.

Here is the link to the article in the Watford Observer, written by Charlotte Ikonen. http://ow.ly/vpTff

 

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14th February – Window Display for 2 weeks at The Harpenden Building Society

HarpendenWindow-Feb14-2Thanks to the generosity of our friends at The Harpenden Building Society, we had a window display, showcasing The Michael Green Foundation. Thanks to all those who took the time to have a look.

There was a selection of our branded merchandise on display, along with information leaflets, our newest display banner and small wallet/purse cards with the Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes to keep handy, for easy reference. There are some of our latest flyers still on the table, just inside the door, that you can help yourself to and find out more about what we are doing.

Thank you once again to Lynn for bringing her amazing window-dressing skills to the display and thanks to the Harpenden Building Society for allowing us the space for two weeks – it’s very much appreciated.

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We were delighted to receive a very generous donation of £895 from the team at JELLY BABIES in Bricketwood – an organisation set up to raise awareness of Infant Death and Cot Death and to promote infant health. They recently held a fund-raising event which included a cookery demonstration followed by a meal, provided by Georgie’s Catering in Radlett. The event was a huge success and they decided to split their donation between two nominated charities and we were lucky enough to be one of them. We are very grateful and wish them well in future projects.

Thursday 30th January – Three Counties Radio Interview

Joanne, founder of The Michael Green Foundation, was interviewed on Three Counties Radio. The interview was recorded on Thursday 30th January at 3pm as part of their Drive Time Show. Roberto Perrone talked with Joanne about the work of the foundation and about activities over the coming months.

Please click on the audio link below to hear this inspiring interview.

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24th January 2014 – Mufti Day at St Margaret’s School, Bushey

On Friday January 24th Tally & Joanne celebrated the life of their fabulous Michael – his birthday was marked with a Mufti Day at St Margaret’s School, Bushey) who are donating the proceeds to The Michael Green Foundation.

Girls at St Margaret’s brought £2 each into school on the day and wore various combinations of green and purple clothing. They were also able to buy one of our snazzy charity wristbands which, of course, would complement any outfit!

A total of £805 was generously raised for The Michael Green Foundation and we thank St Margaret’s School and the Connections team for their continued support.

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We now have our Virgin Money Giving page set up

This means that anyone can now easily make online donations to The Michael Green Foundation using a credit card, debit card or Paypal. If you wish to, there are also facilities to set up monthly donations.

Anyone wanting to fund-raise on behalf of The Michael Green Foundation can do so using the ‘Start Fundraising’ button on the homepage – the more the merrier!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

We look forward to being able to achieve the targets that we have set for the coming months – with your help, we will be able to provide the diabetes centre at Watford General Hospital with more resources to help those with Type 2 diabetes and to promote a healthier lifestyle for everyone.

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October through to December 2013 – John Lewis have been supporting The Michael Green Foundation

As part of their ‘Community Matters’ campaign, John Lewis (Watford store) have been asking customers to choose one of the three charities that they have been supporting during this quarter and to place a counter in one of their in-store charity boxes – the charity with the most counters will receive the largest allocation of funds.

Boxes were located in-store at John Lewis (Watford) in the Place to Eat and Little Waitrose and we are pleased to announce that they will be making  a very generous donation of £720 to The Michael Green Foundation. Thanks to everyone who supported this project and we offer our huge thanks to Pearl and Kate at John Lewis for making this possible and for taking the time to meet with us.

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8th December – Brent Cross Collection

With only a couple of weekends to go before Christmas, Brent Cross was a very busy place to be – our volunteers were stationed at various locations within the  centre between the hours of 11am and 4pm. Our trusty team of volunteers turned out with enthusiasm and drive to make the day a great success and our very grateful thanks go to everyone who stood with buckets, talking themselves hoarse to the people who kindly donated (and to those who walked on by!) and to everyone who helped with counting and organising things in the office.

We handed out our snazzy new wristbands, information flyers and small cards outlining the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes – these are to tuck into a purse or wallet and keep close at hand. In total we raised £827, which is fantastic – thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the new year.

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4th December 2013 – The Launch of The Michael Green Dietetic Educational Kitchen

Today marked a fantastic occasion – the launch and dedication of a useful resource for The Michael Clements Diabetes Centre at Watford Hospital. The kitchen will become a valuable learning centre for patients with Diabetes by helping to demonstrate that a change in eating habits and lifestyle is essential, in order to both manage their condition, and in some cases, with the right guidance, cure and prevent Type 2 Diabetes. The kitchen has been created and developed using the first £10,000 raised through The Michael Green Foundation and we thank everyone who has made this possible. SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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The guest list for this auspicious occasion included: Michael Clements, Founder of The Michael Clements Diabetes Centre; Sam Jones, Chief Executive of Watford General Hospital; Antony Tiernan, Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals; Councillor Annie Brewster, Mayor of the City and District of St Albans; Steve Moore, representing Search Office Space (SOS) in Stanmore; Ms Charalambous, representing St Margaret’s School in Bushey; John Merrifield, representing St James Place Partnership; Richard Doughty, freelance journalist for The Guardian; The Michael Green Foundation Committee, a dedicated team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible; the amazing doctors and nurses from the Michael Clements Diabetes Centre including Dr Arla Ogilvie, Consultant Physician and endocrinologist, West Herts Hospitals Trust; Francesca Vitale, Press & Communication Officer for West Herts NHS.

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The kitchen is stocked with cooking equipment as well educational aids such as models of food which will be especially appealing when dealing with children who have Diabetes. There is also some vital medical equipment in the kitchen, including instruments to measure weight and BMI, plus resource material for compiling diets to suit each individual.

It is hoped that over the coming months we will continue to raise funds for much-needed equipment as well as contributing to the training costs for specialist nurses. Thanks again to everyone who has worked so hard to date and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

See the NHS media release here for further information:

https://www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk/newsandmedia/mediareleases/2013/december/diabetes_kitchen.asp

Please also read the write-up in the Watford Observer:

http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/10876532.New_diabetic_kitchen_unveiled_at_Watford_General_Hospital/

 

23rd November 2013 – St Margaret’s School Christmas Fair

We enjoyed a busy, festive day at the Christmas Fair, sharing the large sports hall with many stalls offering treats, crafts and chances to win some great prizes, plus of course the ever-popular Santa’s Grotto!

Thank you to the St Margaret’s Connections Parents’ Association team for organising this event, and we are thrilled that you have chosen to support The Michael Green Foundation as your nominated charity for the coming months – we are very grateful.

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November 2013 – Re-Branding

We took the decision to re-brand on the expert advice given by our friends at SOS (Search Office Space, Stanmore). After discussions with Steve Moore, Global Marketing Director at SOS, we decided to give the logo a fresh look, with a view to rolling it out across the whole of the charity’s printed and online presence. The results were fantastic. Thanks to the kindly-donated time from his marketing team, we now have a logo and branding style that will see us making a real impact, both locally and further afield. Thanks Steve, for your advice and for your time, and for our wonderful new logo!

2nd November 2013 – Swimathon at St Margaret’s School, Bushey

Thank you to all the swimmers who took part – you all did a fantastic job on the day! We didn’t quite make our target of swimming the equivalent distance of the English Channel, but notably, many of our younger swimmers managed to swim over 50 lengths, so that’s really impressive – well done everyone. Thanks also to Shelly at the sports centre at St Margaret’s for helping us to organise this event and for her own tremendous achievement in the pool as well of course!

Thanks also to Tesco (Watford) for their kind donations of fruit and bottles of water on the day, and also to Simone Silver for the scrumptious healthy muffins. We raised approximately £155 on the day and we congratulate all who took part!

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15th October 2013 – YOPEY Awards

We were honoured to attend the Finalists Award Ceremony of the Hertfordshire Young People of the Year Awards. We were thrilled that Tally was a finalist and received a generous token of appreciation from the organisation. We were also thrilled to meet the Councillor Annie Brewster, Mayor of St Albans, who was very interested to  find out more about The Michael Green Foundation. Pictured here are Tally and another finalist from St Albans, along with the Mayor and other supporters. Well done everyone!

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September 2013 – Press Releases For Local And National Press

We are gaining contacts with the local press and hope to include further press coverage of forthcoming events. Download the August PDF here. Download the September PDF here.

15th September 2013 – Supper Quiz

The Michael Green Foundation held a Supper Quiz on Sunday 15th September at St Margaret’s School, Bushey, to raise awareness of Type 2 Diabetes and to raise funds for The Michael Clements Diabetes Centre at Watford Hospital.

Over 280 people attended the function – family, friends and colleagues of Michael Green. Joanne, and Natalia, along with a willing team of helpers, organised the event in order to honour the memory of Michael but also to raise money to help those already diagnosed and to promote a greater awareness of the condition, in the hope that it may prevent others from suffering in the same way. The evening began with a Powerpoint presentation, created by Tally, showing emotive images of Michael with family and friends. This was followed by personal words of welcome and thanks from Joanne, before guests enjoyed an informal meal together.

tally-michael-joanneQuizmaster, Richard Carlowe then took over and led the teams through eight fun-filled rounds of questions and answers with a winners prize at the end.

Gary Silver was compere and auctioneer on the night. Donated items included an Arsenal football shirt, signed by all the current first team players, which sold for the grand total of £500.

Michael Clements was the guest of honour, along with some of the team from the Diabetic Centre at Watford Hospital. He took to the stage to speak about the Centre and the dangers of Type 2 Diabetes – it was an honour to have them all with on this occasion and we look forward to working closely with them in the future.

A cheque for £10,000 was presented to Michael Clements by Joanne and Tally on the night. The Michael Green Foundation has raised another £2,500 for the HBAIC monitor – a vital piece of equipment for diabetics in controlling their blood sugar levels and for preventing complications from occurring by speedy diagnosis of potential problems with sugar levels in the blood.
Altogether, with the money raised through the Supper Quiz (ticket sales, auctioned items, raffle draw and donations), plus personal donations and fund-raising events organised since June, the amount raised to date stands at over £18,000 – a magnificent total for a charity that has only be fund-raising for three months.

mag-comitteeGuests took away with them a commemorative brochure with information about The Michael Green Foundation, The Michael Clements Diabetes Centre at Watford Hospital and generously sponsored adverts throughout. The costs of producing the brochure were very kindly donated by The Property Professionals Breakfast Club (which he was very involved in running) – people who knew Michael very well. Available on the night, and now through our website, for the suggested donation of £10, is Michael’s Joke Book – a collection of jokes that Michael told at the beginning of the breakfast club meetings. Tally will be attending the Mitsubishi Electric Young People of the Year (YOPEY) award ceremony on 15th October at Hertfordshire University as she has been shortlisted as one of the finalists – a mark of recognition of the effort she has put into the Michael Green Foundation and beginning the fund-raising back in June.

k-chipsWe are holding a Swimathon at St Margaret’s School, Bushey, at the sports centre, on Saturday 2nd November from 2pm-6pm. It is open to all ages and individuals or teams can register through the website or using the contact details below.

Furthermore, we currently have a presence in the John Lewis store in Watford’s INTU (formerly Harlequin) shopping centre  as one of their sponsored charities for three months, from October to December. The boxes are located in-store at the Place to Eat and Little Waitrose – please place a counter in our collection box to secure a percentage of allocated funds, kindly donated by John Lewis. There are many other projects in the pipeline – please check the website for further details and thank you for your support – together, let us continue to get the message out there about Type 2 Diabetes.

 

August 2013 – Radlett United Synagogue

An article written by Brendi Waks for the Radlett United Synagogue magazine. Download the PDF here.

August 2013 – Herts Advertiser – YOPEY Nomination

An article was written by Madeleine Burton for the Herts Advertiser in August 2013, reporting on Tally’s nomination for the Mitsubishi Electric Young People of the Year (YOPEY) Award. Download the PDF here.

July 2013 – British 10k Runners Raise Over 4000 For MAG

Michael’s former firm, SOS, entered eighteen runners into the British 10k in July. Some of the runners were personal dear friends of the Green family, running in memory of Michael, whom they all loved so much. If you still wish to donate, please go to www.justgiving.com/MichaelGreenFoundation.

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27th & 28th June 2013 – Cake Sale At St Margaret’s School, Bushey

Over 400 cakes were baked and iced by a team of Natalia’s friends and family and sold over two days at school during lunchtimes and break times. Over £300 was raised by Natalia who strategically put this event together and made it the success it was. It was a lot of hard work, but really good fun working as a team and seeing the rewards.

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21st June – Tennis Tournament

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Saturday 16th June 2013 – Summer Fayre At St Margaret’s School, Bushey

With a band of willing helpers, the MAG stall held a prominent position at this public event, organised by the school. There was a raffle offering a range of prizes, an opportunity to hand out printed flyers informing people about Diabetes and about the Foundation, along with the sale of specially-commissioned mini-muffins. Despite the promising the start to the day, the weather was not on our side for this event, but we persevered and managed to raise over £165.

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May 2013 – 5k Run

Jamie Wolff, a family friend and member of Radlett Synagogue, undertook a 5km run in May and raised £570, which was done in conjunction with his Barmitzvah.

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