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News Release - Dental Charity puts a smile on the faces of fishermen

News Release - Dental Charity puts a smile on the faces of fishermen


A charity that provides free treatment to people struggling to access dental care has put a smile on the faces of fishermen in Poole Quay, thanks to support from The Wesleyan Foundation.

One year on from receiving a £6,000 grant from the Wesleyan Foundation, Salisbury based charity Dentaid has been able to extend its mobile dental services further to reach even more people who desperately need dental care.

Dentaid visited the Dorset town with its mobile dental unit to help the fishermen, who needed a variety of procedures including extractions, fillings and dental screenings.

They included Pete, a fisherman for 15 years, that last went to the dentist when he was 12-years-old and said the demands of his job meant he never had the time to get the treatment he needed.

He said: "I'll often work 18-hour days and as fishermen we don't get paid time off to go to the dentist. If I don't go fishing, there's no money for my family."

He said: "There's a culture of just putting up with things and getting on with it. I know lots of fishermen who have been living with toothache as they're proud people and don't like to admit they're in pain.

"The great thing about the dental van coming here is that you can get everything done in one go!"

Jane, a qualified dentist who volunteers for Dentaid, said she got involved in the charity after realising the scale of the problem.

She said: "The levels of dental neglect are high. People in great need can't access services and they're being let down. Seeing Pete's transformation was incredible, he went from covering his face to having a beaming smile!"

Dentaid provides essential dental care for people around the world and in the UK, where its mobile dental unit offers outreach clinics across the country.

Caroline Hill, Director of HR & Corporate Services at Wesleyan, said: "Dentaid is transforming people's wellbeing by giving them access to the kind of dental treatment that many of us take for granted.

"Seeing the impact this can have on people like Pete, and in communities around the world, is fantastic and we are very proud to have been able to support Dentaid's outreach work."

Tina Costello, Chief Executive of the Heart of England Community Trust Foundation, said: "There are so many vulnerable people across the UK who do not have access to dental care. I'm delighted the Foundation has been able to support Dentaid and I am sure many individuals, like Pete, will continue to benefit from their invaluable service."

The Wesleyan Foundation was launched in June 2017 by specialist financial services mutual Wesleyan and has already provided more than £1 million in funding to 200 plus charities, community groups and social enterprises around the country.

For more information about the Wesleyan Foundation and to apply for funding visit https://www.wesleyan.co.uk/foundation/.

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