Laura Keates, England rugby star, becomes Dentaid patron
England rugby star and World Cup winner, Laura Keates, has become a patron of dental charity, Dentaid.
Laura, a fourth-year dental student at Birmingham University, will support the charity by volunteering at clinics, taking part in fundraising events and promoting Dentaid’s work.
Laura has more than 60 caps for England. She was part of the World Cup winning side that beat Canada in the 2014 final. The team won Team of the Year in the BBC’s prestigious Sports Personality awards. With the profile of the players and women’s rugby soaring as a result of their success.
‘I’m really excited to announce that I will join the Dentaid team,’ Laura Keates says.
‘I am looking forward to being part of the fantastic work they do in helping to improve oral health both here in the UK and abroad.
‘The charity aims to ensure access to safe and sustainable dental care to those people that really need it. Dentaid has an amazing effect on improving people’s quality of life.’
‘Great’ to have Laura Keates on the team
In addition to studying dentistry, Laura is training hard in the hope of selection for the next World Cup squad.
The England prop has also captained Worcester Warriors’ Women’s Allianz Premier 15s side. She has enjoyed huge success at club and country level.
In the last year, Dentaid has seen demand for its services increase dramatically. The charity, provides outreach dental clinics for refugees and asylum seekers, victims of domestic abuse and people affected by drug and alcohol addiction in addition to homeless communities across the UK.
‘We are delighted to have Laura join us a patron at this really busy and exciting time for Dentaid,’ says events fundraising officer, Kelle Russell.
‘There’s also lots to look forward to in women’s rugby and it’s great to have Laura on our team.’
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