Farnham dentist completes Kilimanjaro charity challenge

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A Farnham dentist has successfully climbed Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for charity.

Tim Thackrah, from Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic, reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Bridge2Aid and the Phylis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham.

Dr Thackrah flew to Africa to take on the gruelling challenge with the goal of raising £5,500; having successfully completed the mission, the money will now be split between dental charity Bridge2Aid and North East Hampshire and West Surrey’s only adult hospice.

Bridge2Aid was set up to provide much-needed dental care for people living in the Mwanza region of Tanzania; the charity works alongside the government to improve access to oral care and also provides training to enable more people to deliver dental care in the future. Volunteer dentists and nurses spend two weeks in the region treating patients and educating and training future dental practitioners. Currently, around three quarters of the population do not have access to a dentist.

The Phylis Tuckwell Hospice provides valuable care and support for patients with long-term, terminal illnesses and their families.

 

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