Supper Quiz Success and Research Update!
The fourth Nicki’s Smile Supper Quiz took place on Sunday with a fantastic turnout of over 300 people helping to raise over £11,000!
Fuelled by delicious food from The Aviv it was the imaginatively named ‘Unfinished Quizness’ who triumphed in the entertaining quiz hosted by QuizQuizQuiz.
In the 6 years since foundation Nicki’s Smile has raised over £600,000 and funded twopioneering research projects. These projects have provided incredibly valuable output to the wider pancreatic cancer research community and are the first steps on the road to improving early diagnosis research.
Nicki’s Smile is now excited to announce it’s third project: to help fund a new initiative called the ‘research sandpit’. Convened with the help of our partner, Pancreatic Cancer UK, the sandpit will bring together the UK’s leading pancreatic cancer researchers with the common aim of building a workable early diagnosis research proposal to drive us forward, find new biomarkers and approaches to improve early diagnosis.
It is envisaged that the successful research proposal will commence next summer and we will update you on progress in the coming months.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dan and the Nicki’s Smile Committee
Nicki’s Smile Supper Quiz 2017
Join us for the 2017 Maccabi GB Community Fun Run!
Following the huge success of last year’s event Nicki’s Smile is delighted to take part again in the fantastic Maccabi GB Community Fun Run.
Please mark Sunday 11 June in your diary.
Taking place at Allianz Park, there will be five great events; 10k, 5k, 1k, Tri-run (all three distances) and 5k walk. Plenty of activities will keep the whole family occupied between events!
Run, jog or walk – we’d love it if you did it for Nicki’s Smile!
To register please visit the official fun run website and type Nicki’s Smile in the box ‘Charities & Schools’ on the registration page. For more information please see the FAQs.
‘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