The hit BBC sitcom, My Family, has been the unexpected source of a dental surgery for the Aloshikha Centre in Bangladesh.
The surgery equipment was leased to the BBC by the UK company, The Dental Directory, for the studios in which the series was filmed, starring Robert Lindsay as the dentist Ben Harper and Zoë Wanamaker as his wife Susan.
The comedy ended in 2011 after 10 series and the dental equipment was returned to The Dental Directory, who generously offered it to Dentaid.
An extension to provide a dental surgery at the Aloshikha ‘Maria Mother and Child Health Care Clinic’ was funded by the Japanese Embassy in Bangladesh, but this lacked any equipment.
Of the 1,100 children enrolled in Aloshikha’s pre-school programme, 30% are suffering from dental caries and 10% in constant oral pain.
Thanks to 23 Lions Clubs in the MD 105 area, sponsorship of £3500 was donated towards a Dentaid project to supply two refurbished dental surgeries which are due for shipping in February to Bangladesh.
Dentaid is grateful to The Dental Directory and to the Lions Clubs for their continuing invaluable support.