At Gentle Dental we feel it’s important to give back.
Each year we support a different charity in Salisbury or Wiltshire. However this year (2018-2019) we are supporting Operation smile.
Our dentist Rob has a fantastic opportunity to volunteer on a mission in Ghana to aid with operations on people with cleft lip and palate. The oldest person we know of that Operation Smile helped was 86! Imagine having to live with this for all those years.
In this country usually cleft lip and palate repair starts from about 3 months old so you never grow up with this disability.
Operation Smile's international missions are conducted throughout the year in hard-to-reach places throughout the world. International missions involve up to 60 medical volunteers who travel to partner countries to provide surgeries over a two-week period.
Rob’s role will be on the administrative side. Hundreds of people turn up, some having travelled days or weeks, in the hope of having the operation for them or their child.
Over a two day period each person is assessed from a health point of view to ensure they are suitable for the operation. Day 3 is a tough day as it is when people find out if they have been chosen for the operation or not. Heart breaking for those who are not suitable and for the volunteers who have to break the news and handle their disappointment. Rob will be involved in these 3 days sorting paperwork, chatting with and reassuring everyone to make the long day pass.
The reason people are not suitable is often due to poor health or the fact that they are malnourished. These people are given health and nutrition advice as well as medicine and nutrition packs in the hope that next time the mission visits they will be healthy enough to have the life changing operation.
Days 4 and 5 are operating and recovery days. A joyous time for the volunteers after the initials tough days of delivering disappointing news. And then Rob heads back home likely exhausted, hope exhilarated and inspired.
Gentle Dental and all members of the MiSmile network of Invisalign dentists already collaborate with Operation Smile. Every time we start an Invisalign treatment we, the network donate £7 to Operation Smile as well as fundraising at our annual conference.
Each time you refer a family member or a friend to us we will donate £10 to Operation Smile.
You can also choose to donate blankets, medicines, nutrition packs and lots more. Click on the link to see more and to help this wonderful charity to change lives.
In 2017/2018 we supported the Salisbury Hospice Charity.
The highlight of the year is the Midnight Walk which we took part in and you donated an amazing £668. We matched this amount pound for pound which meant a total of £1336 was raised!
On top of this fundraising event we also donated £10 each time one of you referred a friend to us. This means we raised £630 over the year and therefore the total raised for Salisbury Hospice in 2017/2018 was £1966.
Well done to everybody and thank you for the amazing support.