Steve's fundraising challenge
Meet Steve Brown, a participant in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey and a member of Team Operation Smile.
Back in 2012 my son Oscar was born with a unilateral cleft lip & palate. During the pregnancy my wife Claire and I found out about his cleft at our 20 week scan and we were put in touch with the cleft team at Great Ormond Street Hospital to prepare us for our new arrival.
We have been very fortunate to have been supported by GOSH with the operations and general support we have required so far, and will continue to be supported throughout Oscar's childhood.
In the UK the NHS provides excellent care for children and families, with Cleft teams in all the major children hospital's. 1 in 700 babies in the UK are born with a cleft- that is over 1000 per year.
The Support we have received over the last 5 years or so has been made available to us free of charge through the NHS, and although Claire has committed a substantial amount of time to the charity and to the committee at GOSH, we would be in a very different situation without their support.
Gary, Tony and myself have decided to take part in the Prudential Ride London 100 mile bike ride on 30th July this year, and we are endeavouring to raise as much money as we can to give some other children from around the world the opportunity to receive the life changing surgery and care that Oscar has received in the UK.
Operation Smile is an International Charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and palate surgery and then delivers ongoing post-operative care and support to the children and families in low income countries. Operation Smile believe that all children deserve to live with dignity.
So far Operation Smile have carried out around 220,000 free surgeries worldwide. They also provide worldwide hands-on medical training programmes to train local surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses & other healthcare professionals.
A simple, life changing surgery can take as little as 45 minutes and at a cost of £150 can change a child's life forever.
On behalf of Gary, Dad and Myself I would like to thank all of you here today for coming out and taking part in the trial, and to the committee's of the Thames and South Harrow clubs for generously donating any of the profits from today's trial to our fundraising for Operation Smile.
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