Lewis Moody MBE, former England rugby captain; and Ed Giddins, former England cricketer, joined dental practice Elleven Dental to host the Smile Train Golf Day on 13 May.
Clinical director Dr Sameer Patel and orthodontic specialists Drs Shivani Patel and Anthony Lam invited a variety of friends, patients and colleagues to The Buckinghamshire Golf Club, to enjoy a day on the golfing green whilst raising money for Smile Train.
Throughout the day, guests played 18 holes of golf, and had the opportunity to take part in fun competitions such as ‘Beat the Pro.’
Following this, guests attended an early dinner and were entertained by Ed Giddins, who auctioned off prizes including five box tickets to see The Manic Street Preachers at the Royal Albert Hall, and tickets to The Monaco Grand Prix.
The Smile Train Golf Day raised a total of £33,500 for the Smile Train international charity, whichis working towards a sustainable approach to the solvable problem of cleft lip and palate.
The charity’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in over 85 developing countries to provide free cleft repair surgery in their communities.
Dr Sameer said: ‘The Smile Train Golf Day was brilliant fun and we were thrilled with the total raised, all of which can be put to good use to help treat children with clefts in developing countries.
‘We share the vision that every child should have the opportunity to live a full and productive life, free from speech impediment and the problems surrounding cleft lip and palate, and we are very passionate about this partnership.’
Amerjit Chohan, director of fundraising UK at Smile Train, added: ‘We are delighted that Elleven Dental kindly hosted the Smile Train Golf Day and we are extremely thankful for their ongoing support.
‘As award-winning dentists, they understand the true power a smile can have on a person’s life, and we hope this event will further strengthen the already flourishing partnership between Elleven and Smile Train.’
For more information about Smile Train, visit smiletrain.org.uk.