On a sultry evening, in a remarkable display of camaraderie and dedication, dental professionals and distinguished guests gathered at the prestigious Weston Hall in Stafford for a charity ball in support of mental health. The event, organised by the Local Dental Network (LDN) in Shropshire and Staffordshire, aimed to celebrate significant milestones and raise funds for the mental health charity Burton and District MIND.
The evening began with warm welcomes and heartfelt gratitude expressed by the event's host, who recognised the LDN's ten years of exceptional dental care and the National Health Service's 75th anniversary. The event's primary purpose was to shed light on the importance of mental health within the dental profession. Acknowledging the stress and challenges faced by dental professionals, the host emphasised the significance of prioritising self-care and seeking support when needed. Encouraging healthy coping mechanisms, such as exercise, mindfulness, and maintaining strong social connections, attendees were reminded of the importance of their own mental well-being.
The charity event included both a raffle and an auction, allowing attendees to contribute to the noble cause of supporting mental health initiatives. The enthusiastic participation showcased the collective commitment to making a positive impact within the community.
The LDN's charity dinner concluded with a call to continue working together to improve both oral and mental health. Attendees raised their glasses in unity, affirming their dedication to supporting one another and maintaining radiant smiles.
As the evening drew to a close, the event left an indelible impression, reminding everyone of the importance of mental health support within the dental profession. The LDN's commitment to celebrating milestones while giving back to the community exemplified the collective strength and compassion of dental professionals. The NHS holds an unparalleled significance in the UK. Its 75th anniversary stands as a testament to its profound impact on the lives of individuals and communities. As we celebrate this milestone, let us remember the unwavering dedication of the NHS and its healthcare professionals, and strive to safeguard and strengthen this invaluable institution for generations to come.
Cheers filled the room as attendees departed, carrying with them the spirit of unity and determination. The dental charity event will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst for continued collaboration and support, fostering a brighter future for the profession and the community it serves.
Dr. N. Tony Ahmed BDS (Birm), MFGDP, PGCert. Ortho, PGCert. Med. Ed, FCGDent Chair Local Dental Network - Shropshire and Staffordshire NHS England - Midlands
Photo from left to right...Nadeem Tony Ahmed (chair Local Dental Network), Kate Taylor-Weetman (consultant in Dental public health), Frank Hollinshead (Dental practice advisor)
Burton and District Mind would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the Local Dentist Network - Shropshire and Staffordshire for their incredible donation of £6,000. Welcome to our Fundraising Family!