FOR those who are scratching their heads over what to buy their loved ones this Christmas without paying a visit to the local high street or shopping centre, donating to a charity is a wonderful way to celebrate ‘the season of goodwill’ while also staying safe.
So, as Christmas draws near, why not consider donating to the global children’s charity, Smile Train, and give the gift of a smile?
Here are five reasons why you should consider it:
1. CHILDREN ARE BORN WITH CLEFTS GLOBALLY
Every day, 540 babies around the world are born with a cleft.
When a baby is born with a cleft in the UK, they receive free treatment immediately on the NHS – however, many other children around the world are not as fortunate, and do not have access to the same level of care.
Our sustainable ‘teach a man to fish’ model empowers local medical professionals around the world with training and financial support to provide free cleft treatment in their own communities.
2. CLEFT CARE GOES BEYOND SURGERY
Even after initial surgery, children born with a cleft lip and/or palate require further treatment to manage subsequential issues, including problems with eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking.
At Smile Train, we offer comprehensive cleft care programmes which support essential treatments beyond cleft repair surgery – such as orthodontic care, speech and hearing services, nutritional support, and emotional support.
This ensures every child has the opportunity to lead a full and productive life.
3. CLEFT LIP AND PALATE IS MUCH MORE THAN A COSMETIC CONCERN
Often, it is assumed that clefts are purely a cosmetic concern. However, if left untreated, they can lead to a host of serious health problems – including difficulties with eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking.
Smile Train goes above and beyond to ensure countries around the world have access to the right level of care required to ensure children around the globe are given the opportunity to thrive.
4. A LITTLE MONEY GOES A LONG WAY
Every three minutes a baby is born with a cleft. To date, we have supported more than 1.5 million cleft surgeries in 90+ countries around the globe.
A donation of just £30 can cover the cost for an overnight hospital stay, and a donation of £150 can provide one life-saving cleft surgery for a child in desperate need.
5. THE GIFT OF A SMILE IS IRREPLACEABLE
For children born with a cleft around the world, the gift of a forever smile is a Christmas gift that truly keeps on giving. To donate to Smile Train this Christmas, please visit: smiletrain.org.uk/donation.