‘I Am Bolt’ Charity Screening – Monday 5 December 2016
We are excited to be hosting a special charity screening of I Am Bolt on Monday 5 December at the Everyman Cinema in Belsize Park, London.
There will be a Q&A with the Directors, Ben & Gabe Turner following the film.
The eagerly anticipated documentary from the team behind The Class of ’92 follows Usain Bolt to the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he competes for the gold in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 metres races, for a third straight Games.
The fastest man in history is captured by cameras filming his daily life, “My aim with making this film is to show people how my life really is… What I’ve been through to get me where I am today, the ups and the downs, and an insight into what I am thinking and feeling.”
Tickets are £20 and can be bought here:
See you on the start line!
5th Anniversary Gala Dinner Raises over £100,000!
We are delighted to announce that the Nicki’s Smile 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner raised over £100,000.
Over 200 people attended the event at Sopwell House on Sunday 20th November 2016, which featured renowned broadcaster Nicholas Owen and magician Richard Jones, winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
After the event Dan Blake, Chair of Nicki’s Smile, said, “The fundraising dinner was a phenomenal success. Pancreatic cancer is nicknamed the silent cancer as it is so difficult to diagnose at an early stage. Nicki’s Smile was set up in order to break this silence and I am delighted we raised over £100,000 on the night to help us fund pioneering early diagnosis research.
Nicki’s Smile has now raised over £600,000 since inception and funded two pioneering research projects. The funds raised at our 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner will enable us to finance further studies and help us achieve our aim of improving pancreatic cancer’s awful survival statistics.”
Magician Richard Jones, during his live performance, filmed a ‘Nicki’s Smile Mannequin Challenge’ which you can see by clicking here. You can share this on social media using #Nicki5 @NickiSmile.
Nicholas Owen commented, “Pancreatic Cancer’s awful survival statistics have remained virtually unchanged in over a generation. I am delighted to be associated with such a worthy cause. I really hope that the money raised by Nicki’s Smile will prevent other families suffering the same pain as Nicki Blake’s loved ones.”
Our ground-breaking research simply could not happen without this phenomenal support.
We are truly grateful.
Nicki’s Smile 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner Silent Auction – Open for bids!
The Nicki’s Smile 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner Silent Auction is now open for bids!
Please place your bids online now via: www.nickissmile-auction.com
Online bidding is open to all, not just those who are attending the Gala Dinner, and will close at 10:30pm on Sunday 20th November.
We have a selection of fantastic lots which includes:-
– Round of Golf for four at The Grove
– Four tickets to Madness at The O2, meet the band and attend after show party
– Two VIP tickets to Mock The Week with green room access
– Personalised Cristiano Ronaldo poker chip set
– One night at Coworth Park with dinner and spa
– Framed and signed limited edition Miró lithograph
If you are not attending the Gala Dinner and have placed the winning bid we will contact you after the event.
Please share with friends and family and help us raise significant funds for pioneering pancreatic cancer early diagnosis research.
Maccabi GB Community Fun Run Raises £16,000
The 2016 Maccabi GB Community Fun Run saw 132 athletes of all ages and abilities running, jogging and walking to raise funds for Nicki’s Smile.
Together they managed to raise a fantastic £16,000 which will go towards funding pancreatic cancer early diagnosis research initiatives.
The 10th edition of the event saw the biggest turnout yet with over 2,500 runners, 2,000 spectators and even the sun paying a visit Allianz Park, home of Europe’s best rugby union team.
In our second year of entry we are proud to say that Nicki’s Smile was represented by the 3rd largest contingent of runners out of the 69 charities and schools that took part. A special mention must go to Nick Lavan (pictured below) who led the Nicki’s Smile runners with a 3rd place finish in the 10km run.
Dan Blake, chair of Nicki’s Smile said “We were delighted that over 130 people of all ages took part at this wonderful event to raise much needed awareness and funds for Nicki’s Smile. All monies raised will directly fund pioneering early diagnosis research. We are so proud that Nicki’s Smile could be one of the many worthy charities to be involved in such a successful day”.
Join us for the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run!
Let’s get active!
Following the huge success of last year’s event Nicki’s Smile is delighted to again take part in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run.
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday 19 June.
Supper Quiz raises £25,000!
The third Nicki’s Smile Supper Quiz took place on Sunday with a fantastic turnout of over 350 people attending Hasmonean Girls’ High School.
Thank you to those who were able to attend. We hope you enjoyed the evening in the company of our fantastic quiz host QuizQuizQuiz and delicious food from The Aviv.
Thanks to your generosity we raised over £25,000 from the night which takes our total to over £500,000 raised since launch – a fantastic amount!
Congratulations to the winning team ‘Martyn’s Mavens’ who romped to a one point victory and the raffle winners who got lucky!
Thank you to everyone else that donated, interviewed, filmed, marked and contributed. That we have funded two pioneering pancreatic cancer early diagnosis research studies would quite simply not be possible without you.
Nicki’s Smile Supper Quiz 2015
£23,000 raised at the Community Fun Run!
On Sunday 193 people of all ages took part in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run raising funds for Nicki’s Smile.
Together they managed to raise an amazing £23,000 which will go towards funding pancreatic cancer early diagnosis research initiatives.
Taking place at the home of Saracens, Allianz Park, this was the first year that Nicki’s Smile had entered the Community Fun Run and we’re truly humbled to have been represented by the 4th largest contingent of runners out of the 48 charities that took part.
With a total of over 2,000 runners and 1,500 spectators the only thing that didn’t shine on this English summer’s day was, somewhat predictably, the sun. Still, the weather was perfect for covering distances including 1km, 5km, 5km walk and 10km with a few suspiciously fit people taking on all three runs.
Of course, it wasn’t just the running (or pushing buggies around the 1km route) that kept people entertained as there was a Fun Zone amusing the children and experts were on hand promoting how to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle at the Health & Wellbeing Hub. Perhaps they shouldn’t have checked in at the Charity Fair which, in addition to promoting the good work of the charities, was busy peddling popcorn, candy floss and brownies.
In our own unhealthy competition it’s congratulations to Leila Sosnow who was closest with her guess of 1,800 to the correct number of jelly beans in the jar on our stand. We’ll be in touch to deliver your prize and would suggest not eating them all at once.
Dan Blake, chair of Nicki’s Smile said “We are delighted that our runners have raised an incredible £23,000 for Nicki’s Smile. This sensational amount will catalyse our early diagnosis research efforts and help us to achieve our aim of improving pancreatic cancer survival statistics. We are truly grateful to our runners and their supporters and look forward to the 2016 Maccabi GB Community Fun Run!”
Date for your diaries: Next year’s run will take place on Sunday 19th June 2016. We look forward to seeing you there!
Running for their friend
A class of primary school children are coming together in a tale of young friendship to raise money for Nicki’s Smile.
Solly Jacobs, Ava Sandler, Zach Spevock, Jake Rosenberg, Charlotte Rabinovitch, Jacob Selzer, Gabriel Nathan, Casey Bond, Dylan Fabian, Abigail Cane and Lauren and Ellie Brickman are in Year 2 at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School and are just some of the classmates taking part in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on Sunday 14th June.
The enthusiastic friends are taking their training very seriously and are looking forward to the family event. But for one member of the class – seven-year old Joshua Blake – the day is so much more poignant.
Joshua was just three years old when his mother Nicki lost her battle to pancreatic cancer aged just 33. A year later Nicki’s Smile was launched and in the four years since, nearly half a million pounds has been raised and two pioneering pancreatic cancer early diagnosis research projects have been funded.
The children will be running stride for stride alongside their friend Joshua. Solly Jacobs, 7, says, “We hope we raise lots of money in memory of our friend Joshua’s mummy”.
Involvement has extended from the children to their parents, mum Amanda Rabinovitch says, “The children are all very excited to be taking part in the fun run. And the families in the class are working hard to raise as much money as possible for Nicki’s Smile and pancreatic cancer early diagnosis research”.
If you would like to support Nicki’s Smile then any donation, large or small, will be gratefully received. You can find some of the children’s fundraising pages here:
Solly Jacobs: https://www.justgiving.com/BettinaJacobs/
Ava Sandler: https://www.justgiving.com/AvaSandler/
Zach Spevock: https://www.justgiving.com/ZachS/
Jake Rosenberg: https://www.justgiving.com/jake-rosenberg/
Jacob Selzer: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewSelzer
Lauren and Ellie Brickman: https://www.justgiving.com/FionaBrickmanbtinternetcom/
Dylan Fabian: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Ross_and_Dylan
Abigail Cane: https://www.justgiving.com/Abigail-Emily/
Joshua Blake: https://www.justgiving.com/Dan-and-Joshua/
Keeping it in the family for the Community Fun Run
A family spanning three generations will team up to raise money for Nicki’s Smile.
Grandpa Angelo Nardi will be running with his daughter Juliet, son-in-law Mark Flenner and their children Asher (9) and Ariella (7) in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on Sunday 14th June.
The close-knit Nardi-Flenner family, who live together in Finchley, have chosen to support Nicki’s Smile at the fun run, as they too have been personally affected by pancreatic cancer.
Juliet says “Nicki’s Smile is a cause close to our hearts, and we hope the event will raise as much money as possible, so the charity can continue to fund vital early diagnosis research.”
Ariella says “We are looking forward to the run, and we hope we can raise lots of money. We’ve been before and it’s a really fun day, with loads to do for kids”.
If you would like to support Nicki’s Smile then any donation, large or small, will be gratefully received: https://