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


Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile raises £9,000!

Kitchens across the country were humming over the weekend as some of the UK’s finest amateur chefs brought new twists to classic dishes all in aid of “Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile”.

With several events still to run almost £9,000 has been raised, eclipsing last year’s total. Drawing inspiration from their overseas cooking expeditions, or possibly just their local takeaway menu, our talented hosts were responsible for culinary highlights including: homemade chapati, naan bread and onion bhaji; a fearsome Thai green chicken curry; a November barbecue and more cake than you’d find in an episode of Great British Bake Off.

Thank you to everyone that hosted, cooked, ate, donated, went home full – none of what we’re achieving is possible without you.

Here are some of your creations from the event;

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Waitrose stores support Nicki’s Smile!

Shop at Waitrose Watford and Northwood for Nicki’s Smile!


We’re pleased to announce that for the month of November Nicki’s Smile is one of the Charities of the Month in the Waitrose stores in Watford (top floor of John Lewis in Intu Watford/ Harlequin) and Northwood (52 Green Lane).

All you have to do is collect those green tokens that you get at the till (ask for a few more each time!!) and pop them into the Nicki’s Smile collection box. The more tokens we get the higher % of the donation we will receive at the end of the month.

With “Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile” happening during November these Waitrose stores are the perfect place to get all your food for the event and help raise a bit more money at the same time.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.

Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile – Annabel Karmel recipes

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We are delighted to publish the first set of recipes kindly donated by our Event Ambassador, cookery author Annabel Karmel, in advance of our Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile event (14-16 November).

Whether you’re baking sweet treats for a coffee morning, brunch or tea, these delicious recipes from Annabel will wow your guests! Stay tuned for more tantalising dishes….

There is still plenty of time to get involved – to host an event please email and for more information please visit: Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile


Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake

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150g Chocolate Digestive biscuits (or could use ordinary Digestive biscuits)

50g butter, melted

200g milk chocolate

150g cream cheese

200ml whipping cream

25g caster sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate shavings to serve (optional)


  1. Line the base of an 18cm 7” round loose bottomed cake tin.
  2. Mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter. Spoon into the tin and smooth over, then put in the fridge.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Leave to cool.
  4. Whisk the cream cheese and cream together until thickened. Add the sugar and vanilla. Divide the mixture in half. Add the chocolate to one half of the mixture and combine.
  5. Remove the tin from the fridge and spread the reserved cream mixture over the biscuit base. Spread the chocolate mixture over the top, and gently swirl the two parts together to create a marbled effect. Put the cheesecake in the fridge for 1 hour.
  6. Remove from the tin before serving. You can decorate the top with chocolate shavings or curls if you wish.

Makes 6 slices

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

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225g plain flour

¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

40g ground almonds

185g soft brown sugar

75g porridge oats

75g dried cranberries

75g white chocolate

225g butter

1 egg, beaten


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160˚C fan). Sieve together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Then stir in the ground almonds, soft brown sugar, porridge oats and cranberries. Break the white chocolate into small chunks and then stir in too.

2. Melt the butter in a small pan. Stir this into the dry ingredients, together with the egg. Mix well then, using your hands, form the mixture into walnut-sized balls and arrange them on two large non-stick baking sheets.

3. Gently press down on the dough balls to flatten them slightly, leaving space between them to allow the biscuits to spread. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Makes 16 cookies

For more information on Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile please visit: Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile


Annabel’s Family Cookbook (Ebury Press) is filled with cooking inspiration for the whole family and available to buy now. Visit

Annabel Karmel supports Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile

We are delighted to share the exciting news that Annabel Karmel is supporting ‘Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile’ over the weekend of 14th -16th November!

Annabel is the leading expert and best-selling author on baby food and nutrition. Since launching with the Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner more than 20 years ago, Annabel has written 37 books and sold over four million copies worldwide.

We are thrilled to have Annabel on board who will be sharing some of her brilliant bake ideas for event hosts nearer the time. Annabel adds “Nicki’s Smile is a fantastic cause and I’m delighted to be supporting it.”

If you’d like to get involved and host an event please email

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Come Dine for Nicki’s Smile: 14th-16th November 2014

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Rafi’s Race – £3,500 raised for Nicki’s Smile!

Under the gaze of the Mayor of London’s office on the banks of the River Thames the young and the slightly less young gathered early on Sunday morning for the start of Rafi’s Race: a challenge to race around London as fast as possible visiting every square on the London monopoly board.

With cloudy skies offering some protection from the summer sun and only public transport allowed to carry the teams around the city it was helpful that Transport for London did not schedule any engineering work for the day.

The grand depart at 10:00 saw contrasting approaches with some teams running to London Bridge tube whilst others decided that the start was now a good time to begin planning their route around the 30 sites.

On the streets the teams took pictures of London’s landmarks and shared their progress on social media. The competition was fierce and after tales of lost Oyster cards and brunch at Wholefoods it was The Monopolists that emerged from the pack to cross the finishing line first. Comprising Anthony and Dani Goodmaker, Ben Sheldon, Jody Goldman and Ben Levitt the winning team resisted the urge to go shopping in the West End and completed the challenge in a rapid 3 hours 30 minutes.

Interviewed after the race, they attributed their success not just to good planning but also due to tactics such as ‘confusion’ which included getting off the bus to Old Kent Road early and causing other teams, still on the bus, to panic about what shortcut they knew.

Rafi Davis, the inspiration for the event, finished a strong second and was on hand to present the winners with their trophies. On raising £3,500 Rafi commented “I am thrilled with the massive turnout and that the event was such a success. I am pleased that so many people donated to this truly worthy cause.”

The event was all about the taking part and a special mention goes to Xinyue Pan and Manda Belsham who were still smiling after recording a time of 8 hours – their prize of a Monopoly set may have been the last thing they wanted to see!

Special thanks to everyone for taking part, More London and The Horniman pub for providing the start and finish points, Pancreatic Cancer UK for supplying T-shirts and XL Insurance for providing fantastic branded goodie bags – happily the ponchos weren’t needed. Bs-48p1IAAACxNa BtAKJKmCIAEiJYK BtALuj0IQAEMVW3 BtBHHigIMAAIoic Bs_E1lMIMAAbAdS Bs_Nf3ZIUAAcn7G Bs_uNxtIQAEjRIY Bs_ZWH-IEAED2xr Bs-5oStIEAAv5xG

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