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Introducing Wisdom – the new free portal for your wellbeing

Wisdom is the new service offered by our partners at Health Assured. Replacing their previous version – My Healthy Advantage, the
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Join our Board of Trustees

For 140 years we have worked passionately to support dental students, dentists, and their families throughout the UK with grant funding
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Rima Sadhia Hussain: What Ramadan means to me

Ramadan for me is an opportunity to develop positive Islamic practices, with a view to continuing them for the rest of the year. It is an intense month of prayer, ritual, and reflection. It’s a time to think about others, quiet the mind and improve your mindset.
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Sarra Jawad: What Ramadan means to me

I think the key is that Leaders and Managers have a good relationship with their staff and are skilled at having open conversations about whatever support they might need.
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Shafaq Hussain: What Ramadan means to me

Shafaq shares her experiences of being supported in her workplace when observing the Holy month of Ramadan.
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Picture of lanterns and the Charity for all Dentists logo depicting observance of Ramadan.

Dentists observing Ramadan: what you need to know

We had conversations with dentists to fully understand what Ramadan means to them and what we might be mindful of to help support colleagues during Ramadan.
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Write your Will in Free Wills Month

Did you know around 61% of British adults – roughly 30 million people in the UK don’t have a Will? It
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Dentists’ Provident donates £10,000

Once again we were grateful to receive financial support from Dentists’ Provident. Whilst the Charity is there to offer support in
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Introducing Julie Chisholm, Trustee

Introducing our new co-opted Trustee Julie Chisholm who once had a serious phobia about dentists!
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Introducing Dr Jacqui Frederick, Trustee

Introducing our newly co-opted Trustee Jacqui Frederick, a former Group Clinical Director of a large Scottish Dental organisation.
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Ross Brooke Dental donates £1,000

We’re delighted to receive a donation from Ross Brooke Dental following their campaign in the summer. Ross Brooke Dental donated £1000
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Generous £4,500 donation kicks off the New Year

What better way to start 2024 than with a donation of £4,500! We’d like to thank everyone at Wealthwide for their
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Over £100,000 donated by Local Dental Committees in 2023 🙏🏽

Local Dental Committees (LDCs) collectively continue to be our biggest source of voluntary income for the Charity, and we’d like to
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Join our Board of Trustees

For 140 years we have worked passionately to support dental students, dentists, and their families throughout the UK. Receiving over 160
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Have you written your Will?

Did you know around 61% of British adults – roughly 30 million people in the UK don’t have a Will? It
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Get involved with our 140th birthday fundraiser

According to data from the Office for National Statistics, the most popular month for birthdays in the UK is September. So
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Introducing Shafaq Hussain, Co-Chair

Find out about the unique experiences and perspective that Shafaq brings to the Co-Chair role.
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Introducing Molly Deykin, Co-Chair

Find out about the unique experiences and perspective that Molly brings to the Co-Chair role.
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Panel discussion – ‘The Future of Dentistry’

We hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday 4 July 2023 in London as part of our 140th birthday celebrations following the
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Members agree to extend Charity’s remit at its 140th AGM

Dr. John Milne, Patron of the BDA Benevolent Fund, gave a warm welcome to attendees and presided over the 140th AGM,
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We’re proposing to widen our remit

At 12 pm on 4th July 2023, the BDA Benevolent Fund Board of Trustees will propose a resolution to the members
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2023 AGM Notice

You are invited to attend the BDA Benevolent Fund’s 140th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and celebratory event. The meeting is an
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Help us celebrate 🥳

In our 140th birthday year 2023 is our 140th birthday year and to mark the occasion, we’d like to share any
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Survey results suggest cost-of-living pressures affecting dental students

The results of our second in-depth survey of UK dental students have highlighted that an increased number of students are suffering
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A gift in your Will costs you nothing now but can make a difference for years to come.

Free Wills Month is a campaign running in March that partners charities with solicitors to offer people over the age of
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An Advisory Council update

The latest Advisory Council meeting was held on 4 February 2023, to propose and discuss some changes to the charity, specifically
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Learn more about how we’ve helped…..

The COVID-19 pandemic, and now the cost-of-living crisis, has really hit home how close each one of us is to a
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Dental Students: Give us your thoughts

This time last year we conducted the first-ever survey of UK Dental Students to identify their financial and wellbeing needs. You
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Get started now: use our limited-time offer to write your will for free this October

Did you know that most Wills take just under 30 minutes to draft and that 2/3 of adults haven’t made a
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Applications continue to rise, and a new team guides future strategy.

Prof Liz Kay, Patron of BDA Benevolent Fund, was delighted to welcome online participants and preside over the BDA Benevolent Fund’s
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AGM Notice

You are invited to attend the BDA Benevolent Fund’s 139th Annual General Meeting (AGM) The meeting is an opportunity to see
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Fancy running a marathon?

TCS Virtual London Marathon 2022 Charity Place Application We’re looking for more marathon-runners to help us raise funds at the TCS
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Want to make a difference to the dental community?

Join our Trustee Board For nearly 140 years we have worked passionately to support dental students, dentists, and their families throughout
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A big welcome to Faye 🙂

An adventurous administrator has joined our team this week. Faye has a fantastic finance and administration background, which started in banking,
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UK dental students missing out on vital support

The results of our in-depth survey has highlighted that unfortunately, the financial and wellbeing needs of UK dental students are not
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We have 26 free Wills to give away in March

All free Wills have now been taken. Our next campaign will be in the Autumn. Having an up-to-date Will gives you
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We’re sorry to see you go Susan

Today is Susan’s last day with us. She has been the Administrator of the Charity for the past 6 years, keeping
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Thank you to Brent and Harrow LDC

The BDA Benevolent Fund has received a fantastic funding boost to the tune of £15,000 from Brent and Harrow Local Dental
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We’re recruiting

Finance and Operations Administrator We are on the lookout for someone to join our small team and keep our finances and
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Best kept secret: we also help dentists’ families.

You might be a dentist or retired dentist in the UK who knows about the services we provide. Did you know,
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Banish Blue Monday Blues with our guide to better Wellbeing

Blue Monday, the third Monday in January, is said to be the most depressing day of the calendar year due to
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Seasons Greetings

This year for our Christmas appeal, we thought we’d do something different. We thought we would outline our impact – how
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Save £££s by having a free Will on us

All our free Wills have now been taken. Our next offer will run in March 2022. You could save up to
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Dental Students: Have your say

We are looking to learn more about dental students and need your help. If you are a student: Taking part in
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Marathon fundraiser success

Our marathon runners did a fantastic job, both raising funds for us, but equally as important – raising awareness of the
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New ARF 2022 payment plan – deadline

The General Dental Council has introduced a new pay by instalments option for the Annual Retention Fee for all dental care
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Wellbeing support for dentists

Traditionally, people approach us for help when they have reached a crisis point and are experiencing financial hardship. However, we recognise
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Meet our “Cross Fit” runner, Zayd

It’s fair to say, Zayd is a very sporty dentist. He loves all types of sport, including football, hiking, walking, swimming,
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Dentists on the run…

The nights are drawing in. We’re approaching the comfort blanket of Autumn where the world slows down a bit and we
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Meet our “Park run” runner, Helen

Helen absolutely loves running. And we mean ❤ LOVES ❤ running. She can be seen at her local park runs in
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Meet our “In Real Life” runner, Rob

Rob has been waiting a long time to run the London Marathon. He’s a seasoned runner and applied way back in
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LDCs pull out all the stops through pandemic

As for many charities, it has been a particularly challenging year for the BDA Benevolent Fund. Fundraising opportunities fell away during
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Meet our foodie runner, Ronan

Like many of us, Ronan Lee set a few personal goals during the first COVID19 lockdown: Learn a new piano piece
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We have a brand new look

You may have noticed that we look a little different. The BDA Benevolent Fund was set up in 1883 and you
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Have you written a Will?

We have recently started a partnership with Farewill to offer a number of BDA Benevolent Fund supporters an easy way to
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Dental student research project

We have received more applications from dental students than ever before linked to the implications that coronavirus has had on their
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London Marathon 2021

We have four members of the dental community taking part in the biggest marathon ever staged. Dr Robert Chaffe will be
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Ways To Get Involved

Dr Austin Banner

Vice-Chairman

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Treasurer

  • 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

  • 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

Chairman

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.