Yaser Martini

From Grief to Helping Others: The story of Yaser Martini

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Yaser Martini on experiencing the death of his daughter Margot at the age of two and his fight for all of us to become blood, stem cell, and bone marrow donors.

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Yaser Martini, father of five children, shares the heartbreaking story of his daughter, Margot, who passed away from a rare form or leukaemia. In the midst of their grief, Yaser and his wife, Vicki, founded Team Margot, a charity dedicated to promoting blood, organ, stem cell, and bone marrow donation. Through their advocacy work, the couple raises awareness and encourages others to register as donors. Yaser’s dedication to helping others stems from his personal experience and the challenges his family faced in finding a bone marrow match for Margot. Despite the tragedy, Yaser remains committed to supporting families caring for child cancer patients through grants provided by the charity. His efforts have recently been recognised with a British Empire Medal, although Yaser humbly acknowledges the award while emphasising that his true reward is making a difference in the lives of others.

Yaser leads Team Margot Foundation which was set up in memory of his daughter, Margot and to honour her legacy. Team Margot campaigns for every individual who is eligible, particularly those of mixed heritage, to register as blood, organ, stem cell and bone marrow donors. Yaser qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1994 and his first career was with leisure & hospitality property specialists, Fleurets. Today, he runs a small family office, is co-founder of food business Miso Tasty and is the manager of eco designer, social enterpriser & award-winning BBC TV presenter, Jay Blades. Yaser is married to Vicki and is father to four boys. He was a regular O+ blood donor (until his heart disease diagnosis) and is a registered organ, stem cell and bone marrow donor. In this episode, Yaser discusses caring for a sick child, coping with her death, and the importance of taking care of oneself to be able to take care of others. Yaser has been incredibly generous sharing his story with us and we hope that other parents going through a similar experience will find this episode helpful. Enjoy the episode.

If you are going through a similar experience with your own child or want to know more about Margot’s story, Yaser and Vicki have publicly shared Margot’s private blog.

Here are the details:
Margotmartini.co.uk
Username: Journal
Password: GoMargot! (Please note: case sensitive)

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