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.

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, on Tuesday 4th July 2023, which took place in person for the first time since the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Chairman’s Report

Dr Ros Keeton began proceedings and gave the final report of her Chairmanship, outlining both the past activities and future direction of the Charity – the theme at the AGM and 140th birthday celebrations.

Applications up 60%

Applications for financial assistance were up by 60% on the previous year (2021) and demand for the Charity’s services remained high, especially from the dental student demographic. This was in part, due to a second research exercise amongst dental students ascertaining what their wellbeing and financial issues were. The results of the second survey highlighted difficulties resulting from the pandemic had been replaced by worries about the cost-of-living crisis, with some students even cutting back on food and going to food banks.

Dental students need support

Dr. Ros Keeton expressed concern about the sobering results of the student survey and called on the profession to address issues raised and support future generations of dentists.

Handing over the baton

Dr. Ros Keeton concluded her report by focusing on the strong position the BDA Benevolent Fund is in to support dentists in the future. She thanked the team, led by newly promoted Chief Executive, Laura Hannon, for leading a charity with good governance, good technology, and corporate citizenship, that supporters and donors can have the utmost confidence in.

Stability in times of uncertainty

Dr. Chris Hayward then went on to present the Treasurer’s report, taking attendees through the 2022 Annual Report and Accounts for a complete view of the Charity’s activities and finances.

The main point of note was income remained stable and increases in expenditure supporting the growth of activities were made possible thanks to very generous donations from Local Dental Committees (up 54% on 2021), as well as ongoing support through BDA branches and sections, and individual givers.

Re-elections

The Charity embraced technology and voted electronically via ballot to re-elect three current Trustees for a second term to the Board of Trustees:

  • Dr Peter Crooks
  • Dr Molly Deykin
  • Dr Alex Gormley

Amendment to charitable objects

Members were then called on to vote on the resolution to amend the objects of the Charity with the main change to include supporting:

“someone who was entitled to work (through qualification, registration or equivalent) as a dentist in their home country and has asylum seeker or refugee status in the UK”

Laura Hannon gave a background introduction for the rationale before voting and the motion was passed unanimously.

New Co-Chair nominations

Dr. Ros Keeton was thanked for her many years of service on the Board of Trustees, by Vice-Chairman, Dr. Austin Banner who gave a speech and presented her with gifts. 

He also informed the attendees that the Board had nominated two current Trustees to take up the roles of Co-Chairs-Dr. Molly Deykin and Dr. Shafaq Hussein. They will be formally ratified at the next board meeting on 20th September.

Attendees were invited to a lunch, followed by a panel discussion on “The Future of Dentistry”.

The date of the next AGM is Friday 28th June 2024.

If you’d like to support us you can make a donation here

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 at our 140th AGM on whether to expand the remit to include supporting asylum seekers and refugee dentists, living in the UK.

The Board of Trustees believes that asylum seekers and refugee dentists are part of the dental family. They could also make a valuable contribution to the delivery of dental services in the UK and are a potential resource at a time when the country needs more dentists.

BDA members and BDA Benevolent Fund Partnership members have been invited to attend the AGM and vote on the resolution to amend Charity’s objects. Other votes include the re-election of three current Trustees and signing off the minutes and audited accounts from the last AGM.

Those unable to attend the AGM in person can complete a proxy voting form and submit it no later than 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM or receiving your votes by proxy. Should you have any queries, please get in touch.

After the AGM, there will be an event to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the BDA Benevolent Fund, including a panel discussion about “The Future of Dentistry”. Click here for further information including details of the panel members.