Tickets Available Now – An Evening of Magic

Following the resounding success of the Nicki’s Smile Fundraising Dinner in November, we are excited to announce our next event ‘An Evening of Magic’, at the Finchley Arts Depot, 5 Nether Street, London, N12 0GA on Sunday 13th May 2012.

The event will start at 7.45pm and we are thrilled that the following well-known magicians will be performing:

Nicholas Einhorn Winner on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us

Justin Monehen

Martyn Rowland

Duncan Trillo

James Freedman

Tickets are only £20 per person and seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis,so please don’t delay!

To reserve your seats, email us at

Tickets will be available for collection upon arrival at the venue.

Please do spread the word about this event and the work of Nicki’s Smile to all your family, friends and contacts in hope that we can continue to grow and raise much needed funds.  Follow us on Twitter (@nickissmile) for more information.

We look forward to seeing you on 13th May for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening. Thank you for your continued support.

New Year Update

Well it’s now 2012 and I can’t believe two months have passed since our successful launch fundraising dinner.  We have raised over £150,000 to date, but we haven’t stopped there! Some amazing fundraisers are flying the flag for Nicki’s Smile this year:

  • Matt Hersch is cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May.
  • Emma Geller is running the Milton Keynes half marathon on 4th March.
  • Lisa Rockett is running the London Marathon on 22nd April.

They are all incredible feats and we are very grateful for their support. For more information on these events please visit the Get Involved section of our site.  We are planning some exciting events for later this year and we will be in touch with more details in the very near future.

Gala Launch Success – Over £100,000 raised for Nicki’s Smile!

On the evening of Sunday 20th November 2011, we held our inaugural event, a fundraising dinner at Sopwell House in St. Albans.  Three hundred and thirty people attended including Maureen Lipman CBE, Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Rachel Stevens and stand-up comedians, Ian Stone and Mark Maier.

Nicki’s Smile was set up in memory of Nicki Blake.  Nicki was a young wife and mother from Bushey who taught at Little Green Junior School in Croxley Green.  She lost her twenty month battle with Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Cancer, the same rare type of cancer as Steve Jobs, in November 2010, aged just 33, leaving behind her devoted husband Dan Blake and 3 year old son, Joshua.

Dan Blake set up Nicki’s Smile in memory of his wife, together with Pancreatic Cancer UK, the only national charity dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer through support, information, research and campaigning.

After the event Dan Blake said, “The launch fundraising dinner was an amazing success and I’m delighted that we raised over £100,000.  To date Nicki’s Smile has raised an astounding £150,000 and the money will be used to fund vital research into early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with the aim of improving survival rates that have been dormant for a generation. The goal is to ensure that in the future, pancreatic cancer’s awful survival statistics are improved. Better understanding, early diagnosis initiatives and improved treatment options can make this a reality.”

Professor Martyn Caplin, Professor of Gastroenterology and Neuroendocrine Oncology at the Royal Free Hospital, London, where Nicki was treated said, “The evening was a wonderful tribute to Nicki Blake and how bravely she fought her pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. It is the memory of Nicki and other similar courageous patients that drives our research team to strive for advances in earlier diagnosis and better treatment so that future patients with these rare cancers can benefit with longer survival.”

Maureen Lipman, CBE, commented, “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.  Pancreatic cancer research is very underfunded so charities such as Pancreatic Cancer UK and Nicki’s Smile are vitally important in the fight to improve survival statistics.”

Rachel Stevens, commented, “As a mother I can’t imagine the anguish that Nicki Blake went through when she thought that she might not be around to see her gorgeous son Joshua grow up.  I hope that the research funded by Nicki’s Smile will one day prevent this from happening to another family.”

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month!


In Nicki’s memory we’re trying to make a difference for the future – to ensure that more people can successfully fight pancreatic cancer.  For Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month Nicki’s Smile has joined with a range of other charities across the world to make a worldwide statement about pancreatic cancer.  The current statistics[1] in the UK are shocking:

  • UK pancreatic cancer survival rates are the worst of any major cancer and lag behind many other European countries as well as the US, Canada and Australia.
  • 8000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK every year
  • Pancreatic cancer receives less than 1% of overall research funding for cancer in the UK, whilst causing 5% of cancer deaths.
  • Less than 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK will survive more than five years. These figures have not changed for 40 years.
  • Nearly 50% of pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed as a result of an emergency presentation to hospital – and research shows that pancreatic cancer patients visit their GPs almost twice as often as other cancer patients before being diagnosed.

Help us this month to raise awareness and improve these pancreatic cancer survival statistics.  Through your donation to Nicki’s Smile we can fund dedicated pancreatic cancer research in the UK and take action to raise awareness of the symptoms.


[1] Statistics from Pancreatic Cancer UK

Charity Auction for Nicki’s Smile

Someone has kindly donated 2 corporate tickets to Arsenal v Stoke on Sunday 23rd October. Club level seats, includes pre-match food & drink and dessert served at half-time. Arrival time is 11.30, kick-off 1.30. Highest bidder wins – Please spread the word. Closes 5pm Tuesday.

All proceeds to Nicki’s Smile!

‘This Morning’ TV show features Nicki’s Smile


Last week Apple boss Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer – Dr Chris and Dan Blake are featured on This Morning to talk about the symptoms.

Often called The Silent Cancer pancreatic cancer has one of the worst cancer survival rates with only 3% of patients living for longer than five years.

Watch the clip here.


A Husband’s Battle – Channel 5 News

“It’s something that I think about every day,” Dan Blake tells me. “Is there anything more that I could have done? Certainly, there’s more the doctors could have done …”

Dan is remarkably composed for this interview but the emotions are raw and are glimpsed, momentarily. His wife Nicki died from a rare form of pancreatic cancer ten months ago in a London hospital. She was just 33-years-old. The only positive is that at least Nicki and Dan together enjoyed the first three years of the life of their son Joshua. Read more at Channel 5 News…

Nicki’s Smile: Featured on Channel 5 News Tonight

I am pleased to say that Nicki’s Smile will be featured on Channel 5 News later today at 5pm and 7pm.

Please spread the word and tune in!


Every Smile Is A Tribute To You – Nicki’s Smile featured in Pick Me Up Mag

“It was a perfect moment, almost.  Our son Josh’s eyes lit up and he hurtled across the amusement park, with me chasing behind. ‘Buzz!’ he shouted.  Next thing, he had his arms clamped round Buzz Lightyear’s Leg.

We were at Walt Disney World in Florida, and our boy was having the time of his life.  It was a 3-year-old’s dream come true.  Watching Joshua chatting away to Buzz I had to laugh.

I turned to you to share a smile.  Reached for your hand, knowing this was a memory that would never fade.  But next to me was an empty space.  You weren’t there.  It had been eight months since you died, and it still hadn’t sunk in.  I don’t think it ever will…” Click on the picture below to read more.

Launching Nicki’s Smile

Dear Supporter,

My wife, Nicki, lost her battle with Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer on 11th November 2010, aged just 33, leaving behind our three year old son, Joshua, and me. I wish this was all just an horrifically bad dream, but it wasn’t and I don’t want other people to suffer what we went through.

The continuing tragedy is that this year, next year and for many more to come, other people will have to go through the same heart-breaking experience that we suffered, and we want to stop that.

Nicki’s Smile, a fund hosted by the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK, has been set up by Nicki’s family and friends to raise vital funds into research and early diagnosis initiatives for Pancreatic Cancer.  Research into Pancreatic Cancer is very much under-funded, despite it being the 5th most common cause of cancer deaths in Europe and the USA.

Please help us make a real difference and ensure that in the future, survival statistics of Pancreatic Cancer are improved. Research and early diagnosis initiatives can make this a reality. Thank you in advance for your support.

Best wishes,


Nicki’s Husband, Joshua’s Daddy