All aboard the Smile Train

A dentist is going the extra mile for a children’s charity.

Dr Greg Paysden, who runs two dental practices – one in North Manchester and another in Salford – has set his sights on running the Wilmslow Half Marathon in a bid to raise money for Smile Train.

Formed in 1999, Smile Train is the world’s leading cleft charity providing free cleft lip and palate surgery to children in developing countries.

It also provides free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals. To date, it has helped over 725,000 individuals across more than 80 of the world’s poorest nations.

Speaking of his efforts to raise funds that will help Smile Train in its invaluable work, Dr. Paysden said: ‘A lot of children affected by clefts are considered outcasts by society. This can mean they are excluded from education and overlooked for job opportunities. In worse case scenarios, some are even killed or abandoned at birth.

‘It’s hard to believe that children are being treated in this way over something that isn’t their fault and can be fixed so easily. By running the Wilmslow Half Marathon I hope to gain as much support as possible and bring a smile to a child’s face.’

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