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Rafi’s Race for Nicki’s Smile

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We are delighted to announce our exciting summer event!

‘Rafi’s Race for Nicki’s Smile’ will take place on Sunday 20th July 2014. This promises to be a great day out for all, so invite your family and friends to form a team and see the great sites of London by visiting every square on the Monopoly board!

Completing your task couldn’t be simpler – the only rule is that you must use public transport, which includes London Underground, Bus, River Bus or even a Boris Bike. We will leave it to your imagination to find all locations on the board including; jail, free parking, electricity company and water works.

Registration will be prompt at 9am at The Scoop, More London Place, SE1 2DB (outside Boris’ office, City Hall). The closest tube station is London Bridge. The event will also finish here and we anticipate the first teams to return at 2pm.

The entry fee to compete will be £10 per adult and £5 per child (under 16). There will be plenty of prizes on offer, not just for the fastest team. There will also be child-friendly challenges.

There is no limit on the size of your team and to register please email event@nickissmile.com.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Rafi Davis, who has inspired the event. Rafi and his family live in Bushey and have been friends with Nicki’s family for several years. Rafi wants to raise money for Nicki’s Smile to celebrate the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah, which will take place next February.

Please do spread the word about this event and the work of Nicki’s Smile to all your family, friends and contacts so that we can continue to grow and raise much needed funds. Please visit www.nickissmile.com, follow us on Twitter (@nickissmile) and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nickissmile).

Thank you for your continued support.

Dan and the Nicki’s Smile Committee

 

Nicki’s Smile Supper Quiz – over £6,000 raised on the night!

On 30 March 2014 more than 350 quiz lovers sold out Hasmonean Girls’ High School in Mill Hill, London to raise money for Nicki’s Smile. A phenomenal turn-out!

The event raised more than £6,000 and enables Nicki’s Smile to continue funding world pioneering research in to pancreatic cancer. Since formation in early 2011 you have helped us raise over £400,000!

Following on from the successful quiz in 2012, this event was again brilliantly hosted by QuizQuizQuiz who kept brains ticking over with probing questions whilst The Aviv Restaurant satisfied even the most voracious appetites.

The winning team, ‘Babes from the Wood’ (see picture below) excelled in rounds such as “Up and Down” and “54321″.

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Dan Blake, Chair of Nicki’s Smile, said: “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Nicki’s Smile Supper Quiz raised over £6,000 and this takes our fundraising total to over £400,000. This is a truly incredible amount that has been raised in Nicki’s memory and enables us to fund pioneering early diagnosis research. We are very excited that our next research project is close to being finalised and look forward to sharing details with our supporters in the near future.”

Nicki’s Smile Supper Quiz – SOLD OUT!!

THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT!!

The Nicki’s Smile committee are proud to announce our first event of 2014 with the return of the famous ‘The Nicki’s Smile Supper Quiz’.  Our last quiz was a phenomenal success so don’t miss out this time!

Hosting a table of 10 couldn’t be easier! Just e-mail event@nickissmile.com and we’ll send you a host pack. 

What: Invite your family and friends to form part of your table to raise money for Nicki’s Smile

When: Sunday 30th March 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Where: North London

Tickets: £25 per person

Remember, to host a table you must e-mail event@nickissmile.com. We’ll then e-mail you with all the information you need in order to host your table – don’t worry, it’s very straightforward :)

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DINE FOR NICKI’S SMILE – OVER £7,000 RAISED SO FAR!

From Borehamwood to Bushey and as far north as Leeds and Manchester. We even crossed the Atlantic and Pacific to reach New York and Auckland!

On the weekend of 8th-10th November 2013 over 400 people attended dinner parties, brunches, lunches and afternoon teas in aid of Nicki’s Smile. Over £7,000 has so far been raised and the donations are still coming in. This takes the grand total raised by Nicki’s Smile since our launch in early 2011 to over £390,000!

During the weekend the Nicki’s Smile Twitter and Faceboook feeds were abuzz with pictures and menus from events with highlights including; boeuf bourguignon, tarte tatin, apple and brandy soaked raisin strudel, white Russian cupcakes and chocolate Kahlua mousse (not all at the same event).

Below are some pictures of creations that you may have had the pleasure of experiencing first hand. Nicki would definitely have approved!

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Dine for Nicki’s Smile: 8th-10th November 2013

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The Dine For Nicki’s Smile weekend is now just one month away! We’re already hosting events as far away as Auckland, Buenos Aires and New York.

Hosting couldn’t be easier! Just e-mail event@nickissmile.com and we’ll send you a host pack. 

What: Invite your family and friends to dine at your home for breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner or even a BBQ to raise money for Nicki’s Smile

When: Taking place at a time of your choosing during the weekend of 8th – 10th November 2013

Invite: Set your date and invite your guests

Donate: Each guest to make a donation of £10 to the charity

Remember, to host an event you must e-mail event@nickissmile.com. We’ll then e-mail you with all the information you need in order to host your event – don’t worry, it’s very straightforward J.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your family and friends, wherever they are in the world.

Let’s make this a weekend to remember!

Thank you for your continued support.

Dan and the Nicki’s Smile Committee

The Elves and The Shoemaker raises £2,000 for Nicki’s Smile!

The Radlett Theatre played host to a production of ‘The Elves and The Shoemaker’ on 29th September that delighted the sell-out 300 strong audience whilst raising funds and awareness for Nicki’s Smile.

Reworking a classic Brothers Grimm children’s tale the Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company put on a show including music, puppets and comedy that entertained all the family.

With the many children in attendance occasionally on the edge of their seats, and frequently off them, shouting encouragement at our heroes Sam and Belinda it was the presence of the Elves that really captivated their attention. There will have been more than a few requests for magic shoes and Elves on the car journeys back to reality after the show.

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Cycling from Bucharest to Budapest: £2,500 raised

If you fly from Bucharest to Budapest it will take you just under two hours. Or you can cover the 850km by bike in 6 days, with no support.

Richard Haring chose the latter option and whilst struggling up the Transylvanian hills in 35C heat he realised someone should be benefitting from his pain and decided to raise money for Nicki’s Smile, a cause close to his heart. In just a few days he’s raised £2,500 and you can continue to donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Haring

No stranger to reassembling his bike in foreign lands, carrying his own luggage and handling his own repairs, you could previously have spotted Richard wending his way through the Balkans or the Caucasus amongst other far-flung outposts.

For Richard the pleasure in undertaking a challenge that most readers would consider more akin to punishment is myriad, “I love waking up not knowing where I’m going to sleep. I love not knowing how the day will pan out. I love seeing ordinary people happily living their lives as I pass by on my bike. I love the physical challenge of cycling great distances. I love climbing the mountains. I love the feeling of the hot sun on my skin. I love listening to my music. I love daydreaming as I cycle. I love trying to speak a new language. I love trying the local food.”

The best part of Richard’s day on this trip would come, perhaps unsurprisingly, towards the end, “Cycling at about 6pm each day is always a pleasure. The sun is setting and you can feel that the locals are finishing their working days. The road is quieter, the temperature cools (albeit only slightly to about 30C!) and the cycling is very peaceful. I always find some extra energy from somewhere.”

Bucharest to Budapest wasn’t all plain cycling though with the hardest part being, as Richard explains, when “I cycled 15km slowly up a gravelly dirt track only to be told I had gone the wrong way and had to cycle back the 15km to get back on track. 30km of unnecessary cycling is mentally tough to deal with when you’re cycling 140km per day.”

As for the next challenge? “Almost certainly Africa, although I’m undecided where exactly. I have a couple of routes planned in my mind, but I’ll see how I feel nearer the time and make a decision.”

 

 

Nicki’s Smile presents ‘The Elves and The Shoemaker’

Have your children heard the one about the elves and the shoemaker? Well, now’s their chance!

Nicki’s Smile is presenting ‘The Elves and The Shoemaker’ at the Radlett Centre.

This staged adaptation of the classic children’s story will be retold with stunning puppets, music and surprises aplenty in a show for everyone aged 3 and above.

Tickets are available now from the Radlett Centre Box Office on 01923 859 291, priced at £15 each. The fun starts at 14:00 on Sunday 29 September 2013. For more information and to book online please visit the website:

http://www.radlettcentre.co.uk/What-s-On/Children/The-Elves-And-The-Shoemaker

 

Nicki’s Smile – Marathon Update

They may not have crossed the finish line first but the Nicki’s Smile runners will have felt like winners by raising an incredible £39,000 at the 2013 London Marathon.

On an unexpectedly warm spring day nearly 40,000 runners took to the streets of London including eight wearing the purple of Nicki’s Smile and Pancreatic Cancer UK. They were cheered on by half a million people who lined the route to offer their support as well as soak up the sun.

The team from XL Insurance who have chosen Nicki’s Smile as their UK Charity of the Year included James Martin, Philip Hogg, Claire Paternoster, James Benn and Teresa Ngeow and were led home by the speedy Jack Morris in a time of 3h 15m.

James Martin, Teresa Ngeow, Jack Morris, Claire Paternoster and Philip Hogg of Team XL

After he had recovered his breath, team leader James Martin commented, “That has to be the toughest physical and mental challenge I have ever faced but was also one of the best days of my life.  The atmosphere and support from the crowds all the way along the route was simply unbelievable.  Plus we mustn’t forget that we’ve raised a huge amount of money for charity which was a huge motivator on the day.  We are all extremely grateful to everyone who sponsored us.  Now I think we all deserve a bit of a rest, and maybe a couple of beers.”

James Martin

 

Claire Paternoster and Teresa Ngeow

Marc Cane also shared his thoughts, “A massive thank you to those who sponsored me to run this year’s London Marathon, the money will help to conduct vital research into Pancreatic Cancer. Without the support of the many donors and the estimated 500,000 spectators I couldn’t have completed the 26.2 miles. All those people cheering my name around the course and particularly my friends and family at the key stages of half way and near the end made it a very emotional and exciting experience. I can’t wait to run it again!”

Marc Cane

Rob Fosterman had the marathon under control, at least for a period, “I found it great until about mile 16 and was on pace with my timings, but the warm weather, the need to take on more liquid and the lack of shade made it tough, both physically and mentally.”

Rob Fosterman

However help was on hand from the famously supportive London crowd and also an unexpected source, “Once I passed mile 23 and hit the Embankment it was fine, as you know you are near the end. I took my headphones off and just let the crowd take me home and tried to pick up my pace as much as my body would let me. That is definitely the best part, but it is tough to enjoy. Having Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal and England) hand me a Lucozade and tell me to keep going was a nice touch!”

Rob summed up what running for Nicki’s Smile meant for him, “You remember it is for a great cause, people have been incredibly generous with their sponsorship – which I am grateful for, and it really is a great thing to have done and a great cause to raise money for.”

If you are interested in being part of the Nicki’s Smile team for the 2014 London Marathon then please contact info@nickissmile.com for more information.