Staff at the Kirriemuir Dental Practice are stepping out for charity in May to support a former colleague walk ‘500 miles for smiles’.
Dental hygienist Christina Chatfield started her career in Kirriemuir and is returning to the town to begin a major fund-raising effort for Mouth Cancer Action Month.
The Kirriemuir staff are sending Christina off in style on Monday, May 19 and will escort her on the route to Dundee, completing the first 19-mile leg at Beam Orthodontics in South Tay Street.
They are hoping the local community will get behind their efforts and will support a number of fund-raisers they will hold to coincide with the launch of Christina’s walk from Kirrie to her dental practice in Brighton.
The money raised will go towards mouth cancer, a disease experts have forecast will rise within the next decade.
Christina said: “I feel very passionately about improving oral health, and I am sure this is a sentiment all of my fellow professionals would echo. Mouth cancer is one of the very few forms of cancer on the rise, and it currently claims more lives than testicular and cervical cancer combined. We all have a responsibility to help beat the disease, and you have the chance to join me and help to make a difference.
“By donating just £10, you could potentially prompt someone into getting checked out, a move that could save their life.”
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said: “I am delighted and honoured Christina has chosen to raise money for Mouth Cancer Action Month. Every year for the last decade we have seen the number of cases and unfortunately deaths from this disease increase. With Christina’s generous support and donation, we can continue to educate the public about the risk factors and the signs and symptoms. If we can prompt them to take action, together we can help turn around these growing figures.”
For more details visit www.500miles4smiles.org