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Dentist, Yorkshire

Being a keen cyclist as well as a dentist, I would commute the 21 miles each way to my practice by bicycle 3 times a week clocking up over 200 miles a week with leisure riding too.

On Friday 13th July, my life changed forever as I was hit by a truck on my morning cycle…. I was airlifted to hospital and spent the first 4 days in high dependency and a total of 2 weeks in major trauma, going through 4 operations in the first week alone, and a total of 9 months off work followed.  I had suffered a traumatic brain injury and severe injuries to both my hands with complete numbness in my dominant hand.  I seriously did not think I would ever to be able to work as dentist ever again.  The PTSD I suffered was of course very severe.

I had vaguely heard of the BDA Benevolent Fund when I was a member of the BDA, but my membership had lapsed once I moved away from the NHS.  I had taken out medical insurance with Dentist Provident but was persuaded to change to a HSBC policy and not reading the small print carefully enough found out after I had the accident that I wasn’t covered for accidental damage caused due to cycling.  There was no pay-out.  My savings quickly got used up.  Some amazing friends organized a sponsored walk in my honour, but this money went very quickly as well as there was no household income, and two of my five children were dependent on me.  My parents had passed away and my wife’s parents were not able to assist.

Thankfully a colleague mentioned the BDA Benevolent Fund, and the fact that I didn’t have to be a member of the BDA helped me overcome my recalcitrance against asking for assistance. The empathy with which I was treated was exemplary.  The process was extremely easy and the staff very honest about how they could help, and I felt cared for and supported throughout.

I was receiving extensive physiotherapy and gradually the feeling came back into my dominant left-hand, which has enabled me to go back to work part-time.

Trauma does make you rethink things and what is important in life, and I think the addition of the BDA Benevolent Fund’s Wellness arm is a valuable asset to help deal with the mental health issues that do occur within the dentist profession, which can be very lonely.

I am incredibly grateful for the assistance I was given by the charity; it absolutely helped me get through this very difficult time.  I haven’t been back on a bicycle, and trail run for fitness now.

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Dr Austin Banner


  • Trustee since 2010
  • Dental speciality – Retired consultant Orthodontist
  • County – Southern Counties
  • I am a Past President of the BDA Southern Counties Branch with extensive experience in committee, management, teaching, and training.

Dr Peter Crooks


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental Speciality – General Dental Practitioner
  • County – Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • I am the representative of the Principal Executive Committee of the BDA on the BDA Benevolent Fund Board. I hope to continue and foster the close working relationship between the Charity and the BDA, of whose members are also members of the charity. I’m also a Director and Secretary of a charitable company – CHEERS Youth Centre

Dr Molly Deykin


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental speciality – General Dental Practitioner
  • County – London
  • I have been involved in student support groups and I was elected British Dental Student Association President. I worked with the Sands Cox Charity when I was the Dental School Society Vice-President. After graduating I was the Foundation Dentist Representative on the BDA Young Dentists Committee.

Dr Allan Franklin


  • Trustee since 2003
  • Dental speciality – General Dental Practitioner for 35 years
  • County – Oldham/ Rochdale
  • I am the Chairman of BDA Oldham & Rochdale Section (and previous Secretary). Chairman for the E.Lancs & E Cheshire Branch of BDA in charge of section regeneration. Previous Chairman of British Society for Dental Hypnosis (as it was then) and involved in Local Dental Committees.

Dr Alex Gormley


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental Speciality – Academic Clinical Fellow at the University of Bristol
  • County – Bristol
  • I have worked in primary dental care and a maxillofacial unit since graduation. I am continuing my dental core training alongside academic training at the University of Bristol. I also serve as the Early Career Representative as an invited board member at the FDS at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Dr Chris Hayward


  • Trustee since 2013
  • Dental speciality – Associate Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Lead Clinician Dental Emergency Department Newcastle Dental Hospital, Honorary  Clinical Lecturer Newcastle Dental School
  • County – Newcastle/ Northern Counties
  • I have been active in the BDA at Section, Branch, and National Levels. I was a member of the Rep Board/Body; a former member of the BDA PEC; a Director of International Affairs; and the previous BDA Board.

Dr Philip Henderson


  • Trustee since 2006
  • Dental Speciality-Principal Practice Owner and in General Dental Service for 37 years.
  • County – Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • I have been a Church Elder for 34 years with pastoral care responsibility Local Dental Adviser for Dental Protection including attending GDC Hearings and Probity work in NHS Current member “Probing Dental Stress” group in N.I.
  • Past: LDC Chair, N.I.DPC Chair, Northern Ireland Branch BDA President, Director of the BDA’s PEC for two terms

Dr Ros Keeton


  • Trustee since 2008
  • Dental Specialty – Leadership and management of Dental Services
  • County – Shropshire
  • I am an experienced NHS Chief Executive and health care leader who combines a dental background with substantial leadership experience. I am also a Chairman of a specialist hospice and EOL charity Compton Care. I am a passionate and committed advocate for dentists in distress.

Dr Stuart Robson


  • Trustee since 2006
  • Dental speciality – A General Dental Practitioner
  • County– North Yorkshire
  • Former President of BDA 1999- 2000, previous Vice-Chairman of BDA Council and also Dental Services Committee. On behalf of North Yorkshire LDC, was organiser and lead of the North Yorkshire PASS (Practitioner Advice and Support Scheme) preventing some dentist with problems having dire financial and professional difficulties.

Dr Bill Creedon


  • Trustee since 2014
  • Dental speciality – GDP
  • County – Hampshire
  • I have been in general practice for over 20 years as a practice owner in Southampton. The last four years I have been also working at Kings College, London. I am Chair of the BDA’s Wessex branch and Vice Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight LDC.