Dentistry is fully behind Ken Finlayson and Tim Molony’s challenge to climb Kilimanjaro for Dentaid, raising over £45,000 so far.
With only a week to go, the amount raised has been jumping up, getting closer to the £50,000 fundraising target.
The pair hope to raise enough to support Dentaid’s ambition to purchase another mobile surgery to run in the UK.
‘The support behind this challenge has been phenomenal,’ Ken Finlayson, FMC chairman, said.
‘We’re overwhelmed with all the kind messages and donations from all corners of dentistry.
‘Dentaid is an amazing charity and we are very excited about raising as much as we can for them in Kimberley’s memory.
‘We’re so close to the magic £50,000 mark. Let’s see where we can get to in this final week.’
It’s not too late to join the fundraising effort. Just visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ken-finlayson.
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Dentaid – helping provide access to urgent dental care
Ken announced the effort in January saying he was inspired by his late wife, Kimberley Finlayson, who tragically died of Covid in March 2020.
Kimberley was very committed to charity projects related to the profession and organised multiple fundraising activities.
Dentaid’s mobile dental units visit night shelters and day centres with volunteer dental professionals providing treatment and oral health advice.
Dentaid also provides this service for refugees, people living with drug and alcohol addiction and other communities who often struggle to see a dentist.
After receiving treatment, patients say they feel more confident. And the fact they are out of pain helps them to access recovery programmes, seek employment opportunities and move on to a new phase in their lives.
Dentaid runs clinics in the north west, north east and the south of England. The demand for services is busier now than ever before.
In 2021, Dentaid ran more than 180 dental outreach clinics. With a new mobile dental unit the charity can increase that to 300 clinics next year.
Please support our climb. I’m hoping that you can pledge as much as possible to help get the new van on the road and help those people across the UK who need access to urgent dental care.
Please click on the following link to donate: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ken-finlayson.