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”.


Lots of smiles from some of our young runners

Nick Lavan, 3rd in 10km

Nick Lavan finished 3rd in the 10km


Before the 5km run

David Longstaff, Mayor of Barnet, visits the Nicki's Smile stall

David Longstaff, Mayor of Barnet, visits the Nicki’s Smile stall

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.

Come and join us at Allianz Park where you can take part in any of the five great events; 10km run, 5km run, 1km run, Tri-run or a 5km walk.

For more information and to register visit and select Nicki’s Smile from the list of charities displayed.


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.

Martyn's Mavens

Quiz winners ‘Martyn’s Mavens’

NS Quiz panorama

Nicki’s Smile Supper Quiz 2015

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!

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Running for their friend

Ava Sandler, Lauren Brickman, Charlotte Rabinovitch, Ellie Brickman, Solly Jacobs, Joshua Blake

Ava Sandler, Lauren Brickman, Charlotte Rabinovitch, Ellie Brickman, Solly Jacobs, Joshua Blake

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:

Ava Sandler:

Zach Spevock:

Jake Rosenberg:

Jacob Selzer:

Lauren and Ellie Brickman:

Dylan Fabian:

Abigail Cane:

Joshua Blake:

Keeping it in the family for the Community Fun Run

Ariella Flenner, Mark Flenner, Angelo Nardi and Asher Flenner taking a break from training

Ariella Flenner, Mark Flenner, Angelo Nardi and Asher Flenner taking a break from training

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:

Charity Zumbathon raises over £3,500

Three hours of non-stop Zumba raised over £3,500 for Nicki’s Smile on Sunday 7 May.

Organised by a group of mothers from north London the Zumbathon was led by the very energetic Heidi vandenBroek and her team from zumbaClubNL. They brought the Free Church Hall in Hampstead Garden Suburb alive with music, dance and all shades of lycra.

Away from the intensity and vibrancy on display inside the Zumbathon arena children were entertained with face painting and games. Men competed to concoct ingenious reasons not to participate in any physical activity and busied themselves selling raffle tickets.

Dan Blake, chair of Nicki’s Smile said: “I’m delighted the inaugural Nicki’s Smile Zumbathon was an incredible success raising over £3,500 for our special cause. On behalf of everyone involved with Nicki’s Smile I would like to pay a special tribute to organisers Kerry, Leonie, Susie and Stephanie and to Heidi and her team of Zumba instructors. They all helped ensure it was a phenomenal event.”


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Zumbathon – 17th May


Often wondered what Zumba was all about? Are you an experienced Zumba dancer looking to refine your moves?

Zumba has taken the country by storm over the last few years and now’s your chance to join the latest dance fitness craze in support of Nicki’s Smile. 

Heidi VandenBroek & the team from zumbaClubNL are hosting a Zumbathon for all levels of Zumba fans, from the super enthusiast to the extreme novice. Come get that beach body ready for summer whilst supporting Nicki’s Smile to aid research into early diagnois of pancreatic cancer. It’s a great way to get in shape, learn some seriously aerobic Latin American dance moves and make friends at the same time, while dancing to some fabulous music.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there’s Kids Zumba, face painting, a craft table, football game and loads of toys to keep the little ones (and other halves) occupied while you get down and Zumba.

The Zumbathon runs from  2pm to 5pm on Sun 17th May at the Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 6PB, so come for as long or as little as you like. Entrance is £20 on the door but you can buy tickets in advance for £15 from with all profits going to Nicki’s Smile.

For those who want to Zumba for the full three hours, sponsorship forms are available.

Got any questions? Contact, otherwise buy your tickets and get ready to Zumba!

Facebook event page:

Special thanks to Heidi and team and Ellis and Co for making this event possible.

Enter the Community Fun Run

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get your trainers out of storage!

You’re invited to run, jog or walk for Nicki’s Smile in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run. Please save the date of Sunday 14 June in your diary.

Taking place at the world-class facilities of Allianz Park in north London you can support Nicki’s Smile by taking part in one of five great events; 1km run, 5km run, 10km run, 5 km walk or the ‘Tri-run Challenge’ (all three distances!)

There will be a family fun zone, health & wellbeing hub, food court and much more!

For more information and to register visit