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 times of financial difficulty, having an income protection policy is just one of the ways that dentists can prepare for the future and think about their financial resilience.

“At Dentists’ Provident we are proud to support BDA Benevolent Fund’s ongoing commitment to the profession. The Charity provides invaluable support to dental students, professionals, and their families. Many rely on their emotional, practical, and financial support and their determined work has made a meaningful difference to the lives of those they have helped.”

Kirby Mardle, CFO, Dentists’ Provident

“Dentists’ Provident have been a regular supporter, donating £35,000 since 2020. We’re very grateful for their generous contributions. Demand for services continues and with 7% more applications in 2023 compared to 2022, this goes a long way to help us meet the needs of dental students, dentists and their families throughout the UK.

Laura Hannon, Chief Executive

Thank you once again to Dentists’ Provident for their generosity and if it has inspired you to donate, there are many ways you can do it as an individual or a company; from leaving a legacy to contributing directly via your bank account.

To see what a difference the donations make, read the new collection of personal stories from those we have helped.

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 following an award they launched last year for newly qualified dentists. For every associate who became a client, they pledged a £200 donation mirroring the reduced £200 fee they charged (standard fee is £600 +VAT) which they rounded up.

We chose the BDA Benevolent Fund because of its inspiring role in supporting dental students, dentists, and their families through hard times and because it is celebrating its 140th anniversary. We are delighted to have supported the Charity as it marks its important anniversary as well as taking on four new clients who are now operating on a good financial footing.”

Linda and Nathan from Ross Brooke Dental

“Working in partnership with dental companies is a great way for us to not only further help dental students and dentists in hardship but it also allows us to spread the word through other networks we haven’t previously reached.

Laura Hannon, Chief Executive, BDA Benevolent Fund.

Thank you once again to Ross Brooke Dental for their generosity and if it has inspired you to donate, there are many ways you can do it as an individual or a company; from leaving a legacy to contributing directly via your bank account.

To see what a difference the donations make, read the new collection of personal stories from those we have helped.

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 huge generosity.

“We’re working more in partnership with dental companies to spread the word about the BDA Benevolent Fund and how we help dental students, dentists and their families throughout the UK.”

Laura Hannon, Chief Executive, BDA Benevolent Fund.

Wealthwide work with dentists to help build their financial resilience so we both support the same group of people. Dentists must know where to go if they need financial or wellbeing support and Wealthwide can help raise awareness of our services. And of course, we hugely appreciate their donation to help us help more dentists in need.”

Thomas Dickson, Managing Director of Wealthwide, explains why they chose the BDA Benevolent Fund as part of their corporate philanthropy programme:

We have committed to gifting 1% of our turnover to charitable causes as part of our involvement in the 1% pledge – pledge1percent.org. The majority of our income comes from working with and advising dentists, so it’s important to us to give back to the dental community. As the BDA Benevolent Fund provides financial assistance to dentists that, for whatever reason fall on hard times, we were delighted to support them again in 2023.

Thank you once again to David and the team for their generosity and if it has inspired you to donate, there are many ways you can do it as an individual or a company; from leaving a legacy to contributing directly via your bank account.

To see what a difference the donations make, read the new collection of personal stories from those we have helped.

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 say a very big thank you to every one of them for thinking of us and donating. We simply could not achieve what we do without the support of the UK dental community.

In 2023 to date, a whopping £104,153 has been raised collectively, with the average amount being £2,671.

Here are the top 10 LDC contributions so far this year:

Hants LDC£15,000
Dorset LDC£10,000
North Derby LDC£6,000
Bro Taf LDC£5,000
Surrey LDC£5,000
Sussex LDC£5,000
Liverpool LDC£4,000
North Tyne LDC£4,000
Sheffield LDC£4,000
Herts LDC£3,575

Do you want to know how your LDC fared against the others? You can view the full list of those that have given to us so far this year here. If your Local Dental Committee isn’t on the list, perhaps consider asking them about it?

Please note: we’re in the process of changing our bank to move to the Co-op. Please contact us before contributing or if you have any queries.

If you don’t know what a Local Dental Committee does – you may find this page useful. Not only are their contributions invaluable, but we also work together to ensure dentists receive the help they need when they need it. We regularly signpost applicants to their LDC to get more specialist help and rely upon LDCs spreading the word about what we do on a local level.

Want to know what your levy contribution does? Read the updated collection of personal stories from those we have helped.

If you have any thoughts about how we can increase awareness and contributions throughout the UK, we’d love to hear from you.

Many thanks and have a wonderful Winter break.

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 is something many of us put off for reasons including

  • Nothing worth Inheriting (38%)
  • Hadn’t considered writing a Will (20%)
  • Too busy to write a Will (16%)

However, it can be easier than you might think, and it is important to ensure that your wishes are listened to. Too often we have requests from partners who are dealing with the death of their loved one who unfortunately hadn’t done their Will. This can leave them and their children with no access to funds, particularly if they weren’t married or in a civil partnership. Whilst we will always do what we can, it would be much less stressful for the families if things were taken care of in advance.

“Thank you for giving me the push I needed to finally write my Will”

To widen our fundraising approach and to promote good financial planning we are covering the costs of a limited number of Wills, especially for our supporters through our partnership with Farewill during Free Wills Month. As an incentive, if you choose to complete your Will with Farewill through our links in October, you could save up to *£380.

There’s no obligation to leave a gift to us when using our offer. However, we ask that once you’ve taken care of those closest to you, you leave us a gift making a difference to the dental community, even if it’s just the price of the Will.

The team at Farewill can help you write, or amend your Will, in under half an hour, with expert checking, to ensure your wishes are clear. The team is also available six days a week should you need them. You can write your Will online or over the phone. Simply go to our Will Writing Guide page to discover more and get started.

A gift in your Will costs you nothing now but can make a difference for years to come.

*RRP is the cost of a joint Will over the phone.

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 we’re launching a fundraiser, as part of our 140th birthday celebrations.

We’d like as many supporters as possible to have a birthday fundraiser of their own – not just in September.

Throughout the next 12 months, we’re asking you to use your own birthday celebrations to help raise money for the BDA Benevolent Fund. It’s easy to do on social channels, just follow the instructions in the links below.

Our target is to have 140 people, each raising £140 to celebrate 140 years of supporting dentists and their families when they need us most. This combined effort will help us raise almost £20,000! To see what a difference you can make, read the personal stories of those we have helped in the past.

If a birthday fundraiser isn’t really your cup of tea, here are other ways you can donate.

Many thanks for helping us celebrate this special anniversary year and raise funds for dental students, dentists, and their families