The Help Smile Trust was founded by plastic surgeon Mr Shailesh Vadodaria. Mr Vadodaria set up the charity to provide plastic reconstructive surgery to people in the developing world who would otherwise have no access to it. He had been travelling to countries in need and providing his time and expertise off his own back between 1999 and 2007 but formally set up the charity in 2008.
The charity has worked in India, Bangladesh and Madagascar performing a wide range of reconstructive procedures from post-burn contractures to facial deformities and open wounds following road traffic accidents as well as helping children with cleft lip and palate, something Mr Vadodaria is particularly passionate about.
The East Africa initiative
This year will see the Help Smile Trust’s first initiative in East Africa. Mr Vadodaria is looking to take a team out to not only provide treatment for cleft lip and palate but also to address malnutrition and prevention of infectious diseases. If you feel that you have skills that could support them in this endeavor please get in touch by contacting Smurti on [email protected]
The British 10K, 2017
Trustees and well-wishers of Help Smile Trust have been participating in British 10K Run in London since 2011 for fundraising. They recently completed the 2017 run with members of the Aesthetic Medicine team taking part. Money raised from the run helps support following activities:
- Cleft lip and palate and reconstructive surgery in the developing world
- To support NAVKSHITIJ a registered non-governmental organisation working in the field of Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged Adults, since 2003. (http://www.navkshitij.org/index.php/en/)
- To raise awareness and physical aid in regards to malnutrition and reconstructive surgery in Africa. Plastic and reconstructive charity work on Mercy Ship, Madagascar. (https://www.mercyships.org.uk/)
How can you help?
We will be running a number of fund raising initiatives both in the run up to and on the night of the awards so dig deep and help support this wonderful charity.
If you can’t donate any money but feel you would like to support the charity in another way, Mr Vadodaria is always looking for people to lend their skills and to join him on his trips to India and East Africa. If you are interested in offering your support or help please contact Smurti on [email protected]