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Dental Practice to Lace up Walking Boots in aid of Dementia Choir

Dental Practice to Lace up Walking Boots in aid of Dementia Choir

Nottingham based Wollaton Dental Care is swapping dental treatments for treadmills in preparation to climb Scafell Pike to raise money for Our Dementia Choir.

The group of dentists, dental therapists, dental nurses, receptionists and some of their partners are rising to the challenge of climbing England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Choosing the challenging yet scenic corridor route, the team of eighteen hope to raise more than £2,500 to support the work of Our Dementia Choir in helping change the lives of people living with dementia in Nottingham and throughout the UK.

Setting off on Saturday 24th June 2023 from Seathwaite in Borrowdale in the Lake District, the team is already in training, with individual fitness plans including hitting the gym, doing regular home workouts and practise walks with partners, friends and the rest of the group.  

Practice co-owner and Dentist, Anna Lawson said:

“We have multiple patients who are affected by dementia either directly, as carers for people with dementia or who have family members who have dementia. There are very few people not touched in some way by the disease. We also thought that as a smaller charity they were a less common choice for fundraising, so felt any money raised would be needed and gratefully received.”

Nottingham born actress Vicky McClure, originally from Wollaton is the chair of the charity and a friend of the practice, recently posting support for the challenge on Instagram. In 2018, Vicky formed a choir of people all living with dementia in Nottingham to see whether music could make a measurable difference in their lives, resulting in the ongoing work of the charity, Our Dementia Choir.

Anna continues:

“We are so proud of our team. We find socialising and doing activities together really helps to make us a friendly and efficient practice. People get to know each other better and bond during team building events. Some people are also bringing their partners along on the hike and even those not taking part physically, are still helping by getting involved with the fundraising.

“Getting active and being outside among nature for the training and the event itself, is brilliant. This is so good, not only for physical health and fitness but for mental wellbeing too. We also get the extra feel-good factor that comes with supporting a charity and the people that they raise funds for. The whole event creates a buzz within the practice.”

In 2019 the group hiked up Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales, in aid of the Anthony Nolan charity after learning that one of their patients had been diagnosed with Leukaemia. They wanted to help in any small way they could. This time round the natural progression was to climb Scafell and are fundraising in a number of ways. They are encouraging donations from patients and running a raffle with different hampers as prizes which are made up from items provided and donated by team members.

They also encouraging donations through their JustGiving page:

For more information and ways to support, visit the practice Facebook page: or find them on Instagram.


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