Raising funds by running in the British 10k Vitality series

The Help Smile Trust is a UK registered charity committed to provide health and education particularly reconstructive services and rehabilitation to disadvantaged individuals in developing countries. Mr Shailesh Vadodaria, one of the founders of Help Smile Trust has been devotedly pursuing this programme for the last 15 years with trips across many countries. The activities include performing cleft lip surgery and other procedures on children and adults who are unable to receive such specialist treatment as well as training local healthcare professionals. The beneficiaries of these services received their treatment at places such as Global Hospital and Research Centre, Mt. Abu (supported by Bramha Kumari Spiritual University), Walawalkar Charity Hospital, Dervan, India, Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh and Mercy Ship, Africa. The work done by Help Smile Trust continues to grow at a steady pace in order to provide help to as many children as possible.

Activities of Help Smile Trust are supervised by Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria, a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in London, Mrs. Bela Vadodaria, a consultant anaesthetist and pain management specialist based at the Hillingdon NHS Hospital in London, Mr. Rajeev Subhedar, a chartered accountant working for IBM and Mrs. Mohini Subhedar, a human resources consultant working for Deloitte. The team of these trustees carries with assistance from Smruti Mehta(www.medicalartsforcosmeticsurgery.com) and Dr. Saumil Vadodaria, a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University(http://www.napier.ac.uk/) creates sustainable environment and capability that helps unprivileged, downtrodden people – particularly children to smile again through health and education support for ultimate objective of global peace and bondage of love.

The British 10K run has been the most significant annual fundraising event for Help Smile since 2011. Since then, the supporters of Help Smile run for 10 kilometres in the heart of central London on a Sunday in summer, while being committed for spreading the message about the charitable cause and to raise funds to support its activities. In 2016, Help Smile aimed to raise £10,000 for the following 3 initiatives and the British 10K was the key fundraising event to carry out those initiatives.

1. Navkshitij, Pune – an institution in India helping ‘special friends’, people with mental illness who need special attention (http://www.navkshitij.org/en/).

2. Mercy Ship – Mr. Vadodaria who is a Plastic Surgeon by profession visits the Mercy Ship in Africa and performs cleft lip and palate surgeries among other reconstructive procedures (https://www.mercyships.org.uk/).

3. Help Smile Trust has already committed funds to the tune of £1001/- to provide equipment for self-employment in drought prone area of Maharashtra, India during 2015-16 (http://apulkee.org/).

On 10th July 2016, nearly 30 people put on their running shoes to participate in the British 10K in London to help raise money for the Help Smile Trust. Among these were the executives from Aesthetic Medicine Live (Vicky, Danny, Chloe and Sarah) (http://aestheticmed.co.uk/site/Home), trustee family members (Rajeev, Mohini, Shailesh and Bela), Mr Barry Champsi a chartered accountant, investment banker Mr Dakshesh Patel (http://www.zympay.com/) Alan Tate, a consultant architect from Grey Associates (http://www.greyassociates.co.uk/), students e.g. Rishi, Raaj, Ishaan, Pranav from Warrick, Leicester, Reading and Cambridge Universities, staff Nurse Manisha from the Clementine Churchill Hospital (https://www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/hospitals/bmi-the-clementine-churchill-hospital), plastic surgeon and staff nurse from Beyond Beauty (Mr. Berry Miles and Lindsey Silker) (http://www.beyondbeautycosmetic.co.uk/),Akshay Baldota from Legal and General (http://www.legalandgeneral.com/) Ciara and Michael from JP Morgan (https://www.jpmorgan.com/pages/jpmorgan), Ashwin Subhedar from Strategy&, part of the PwC network(http://www.strategyand.pwc.com/), Medical Arts of Cosmetic Surgery team (Suzie, Shubhangi)(www.medicalartsforcosmeticsurgery.com) and well wishers of Help Smile Trust. In addition to supporting this event these people helped in fundraising by spreading the noble cause amongst their friends and family through social media. This year, the event helped raise more than £12,000 exceeding the fundraising target of £10,000. Thanks to all the runners and well-wishers of Help smile trust who helped us achieve our goal this year.

If you would like to give your time and expertise or would like to donate to the charity, visit Just giving link https://www.justgiving.com/help-smile

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