Sunday, 19 May 2024
Sunday, 19 May 2024

James D’Arcy Announced as Ambassador for Smile Train

SMILE Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused charity, has announced that British actor James D’Arcy is now a Smile Train Ambassador. James will lend his support to raising the profile of Smile Train in the UK and their global vision of supporting life-changing cleft treatment for children in need.

Having recently been featured in Constellation (Apple TV) and the global blockbuster Oppenheimer, James is passionate about using his influential profile in the UK to support Smile Train’s work of changing the world one smile at a time.

James D’Arcy commented:

“I am incredibly privileged to be appointed as an Ambassador for Smile Train.

“Having witnessed the transformative impact of Smile Train’s support on individuals, I am deeply moved and inspired to play a role in supporting their cause. Thanks to our wonderful NHS – who provide free cleft treatment from birth – we are shielded from the devastating impact clefts can have on individuals and their families who don’t have access to this same level of care.

“It is an honour to be on board with Smile Train, and I’m eagerly looking forward to making a difference in the lives of those in need.”

Susannah Schaefer, President, and CEO of Smile Train said:

“We are thrilled to welcome James into our Smile Train family.

“Through our sustainable model, we are empowering local medical professionals with the training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We want to create a world where every child has access to the cleft treatment they deserve.

“James will play an instrumental role in helping to raise awareness of clefts in the UK and helping encourage more people to lend their support to our life-changing work.”

A cleft is a facial difference that occurs when a baby’s lip and/or mouth do not fuse together during pregnancy. Left untreated, those born with a cleft can suffer a lifetime of difficulties eating, hearing, speaking, and even breathing.

In the UK, cleft surgery is carried out within the first 12 months of a baby’s life by the NHS. Globally, hundreds of thousands of children in low-resource settings do not have access to the lifesaving cleft treatment they so desperately need.

Over the past 25 years, Smile Train has supported more than 1.9 million cleft surgeries and has trained 2,100+ medical professionals in more than 90 countries worldwide.

To learn more about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit: smiletrain.org.uk Follow Smile Train on social media at @SmileTrainUK.

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