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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 Gedling and Colwick, depending on whether she fancies a hilly or a flat run. She’s also done tough mudders and completed the Great North Run in Newcastle a couple of times in her years as a student dentist.

The start line for the Great North Run was basically right outside my house so there were no excuses to get out of it. Seriously though, running has always been something I enjoy; even in the rain. In fact, especially in the rain. I don’t mind it. The muddier the better.

Helen is competing in the Virtual London Marathon, which means she has 24 hours on 3rd October to do the marathon on any route she chooses but she will be looking to complete it all in one go.

I’m looking at completing it in around 4-5 hours. I’m not a fast runner but I’m steady. I just keep ongoing.

And being the sociable person she is, she’s drafting help from family and friends to keep her motivated. They will be joining her at different places on route to break up the 26 miles.

Music is another thing that keeps her motivated and she’ll definitely be tuning in to the Smile Spotify playlist that is being developed by the BDA Benevolent Fund to help the marathon runners.

I love all different types of music and get bored if the same songs come on, so having a big variety is good for me. I’ll need lots of choice to keep me going for 5 hours! I also like to vary my routes. It’s more exciting when you’re exploring new runs through the countryside.

As well as being motivated by her personal goal of running a marathon, and the joy she gets from running, Helen is delighted to be able to raise the profile of the Charity For All Dentists.

I’ve only recently become aware that a charity exists to support dentists, and everyone should know about it. This year has been incredibly tough for our profession. The self-employed have been hit hard and the financial struggle affects people’s mental health too. I expect many people will reach out if they know about the Charity and I’m honoured to be able to raise funds and awareness for them.

Helen, like many, was considering a huge variety of professions before she settled on dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry has become another passion and her creative flair is put to great use.

I absolutely love my job, my patients, and the dental team I work with. I’m so lucky and happy to have chosen this profession.

Helen is training hard, and running half marathon distances on her long runs, as well as ‘short’ 5k park runs.

When thinking about the route she’ll run for the virtual marathon, there is further evidence of her creativity as she explains a sort of petal loop effect, circling back to her home as a centre point. That will look great on Strava.

We’re sure that her love of running, her family and friends, and support from the dental community will keep her going and get her across that marathon finish line.

If you’d like to donate visit our fundraising page.

Take a look at how Helen got on.

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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.