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September is a good month for dental charity

Everybody appreciates a charitable donation. We may not always give as much as we should, but we always think highly of those that do. As such, it is good to hear that the dental community has come together in the last few weeks to raise a bit of money for the worthwhile cause of promoting oral health.

In London, over 500 people turned up for a sponsored walk to raise money for the Mouth Cancer Foundation. Oral cancer is one of the most dangerous diseases in the UK, so there is a great need for more funding and greater awareness of the condition among the UK public.

The walk took place at London’s Hyde Park on September 20th. The 500 walkers travelled ten km to raise money for all head and neck cancers. This was the ninth annual walk that the Mouth Cancer Foundation has held.

Meanwhile, six dental students are also preparing to travel ten km to raise money for an oral health charity; however, their route will be a little bit trickier. They will be taking on the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest obstacle course this Sunday (September 28th) in order to raise money for the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF).

The Cardiff University students will be taking on obstacles including an eight foot wall, mud pools, an army assault course, a giant slippery wall and a hosing station in a bit to raise money for the charity. They also aim to promote the importance of oral health and highlight the impact it can have on overall wellbeing.

“I think I speak for the whole team when I say we are expecting a difficult but extremely fun challenge,” said Jenna Harvey, one of the people undertaking the challenge. Dr Nigel Carter, the BDHF’s chief executive, added: “This looks an incredibly fun but tough course.

“It is a pleasure to see the future dentists’ of tomorrow supporting the work we do, and on behalf of everyone at the Foundation I wish them the very best of luck.”

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