Dentistry takes on fundraising challenge – and walks it!

Teams from the world of dentistry converged on Yorkshire last weekend to brave the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Bridge2aid.

Like the new set of TV’s Gladiators, the FMC team (publishers of were superfit, oiled up and ready for action.

Luke Hand, Michelle McHutchison, Tim Molony, James Howell and’s very own Charles Southey raised a whopping £3,000, taking only 10 hours and nine minutes to complete the tough walk over some pretty rough terrain.

They braved the highs – and lows – of the arduous hike across the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

The whole event has raised enough money to fund both the renovation of a dormitory block for the residents of Bukumbi, in Tanzania, and the purchase of dental kits for clinical officers working in remote villages.

FMC production manager Luke Hand said: ‘A few small steps for FMC have helped to create one giant step forward for Bridge2Aid.’

FMC ad manager Michelle McHutchison – the only girl in the team – said: ‘We were the last team to leave and we came third out of everyone (even though it wasn’t a race we are very proud of it).

‘Also, we were the only team to stick together and finish as a team.’

She added: ‘Thank you everyone for all your support and sponsorship.’

Also taking part were:

• Henry Schein’s Patrick Allen, Ellie Nightingale, Kate Ballam, Arwel Thomas, James Salter, Marie Brown, Sam Ford, Claire Peiffer, James Paredes and Joanne Robertson.

• A-dec’s Brian Anderson, Charlie Cope, Chris Cox, Dean Stradling, Eugene O’Malley, Jo Douglas-Boyd, Miles Tucker, Simon Baxter, Aaron Grant, Kate Laight and Paul Harrison.

• Practice Plan’s Steve Turnock, Lynne Womersley, Julie Modena, Ken Norman and Hassan El-Nashar.

• Bridge2Aid’s Simon Roland, Alan Frampton, Gus Stead and Ian Wilson.

…and if you were wondering, the fastest team were Patrick Allen, James Salter, James Paredes, Joanne Robertson and Arwel Thomas from Henry Schein, who practically jogged over the peaks in a staggeringly fast eight hours and 20 minutes!

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is pleased to announce that it, too, raised
£2,500 for the Bridge2Aid charity.

• A cheque was presented to Bridge2Aid’s Chief Executive, Ian Wilson, by the FGDP(UK)’s Dean, Richard Hayward, at the BDA conference earlier this month.

Bridge2Aid is a dental and community development charity working in Tanzania.

It hosts more than 100 volunteers a year who are involved in training rural clinical officers in emergency dentistry, a programme which increases access to basic dental services for over half a million Tanzanians each year.

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