A total of £27,000 was raised for a charity that provides free corrective surgery to children in India born with cleft lips and palates during a recent Bollywood Ball.
Attended by 330 guests the money raised during the ball which was held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, will enable The Northern Cleft Foundation to fund 135 operations and give 135 smiles for life.
The charity was founded and is run by Dr George Teturswamy who worked as a consultant anaesthetist in Blackburn and to date it has helped more than 850 children regain their smile and has given them the chance of a better life.
The Northern Cleft Foundation provides operative care to the same standards as the NHS with seven out of 27 dedicated consultant cleft surgeons in the UK working with it.
All the nurses, doctors and support staff within the charity work on a totally voluntary basis giving up their time and expertise to make a lasting difference to children’s lives. No one in the charity receives a salary so that as much money as possible can go into patient care.
Former Clitheroe GP, Dr Sheila Bailey, who works with the charity, said: “The NCF would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended the ball, sponsored prizes or who supported it any way. We are incredibly grateful to the people who make the work of the charity possible. This was the first major fund-raising event for the NCF and it is wonderful to think that so many children can have a better life because of the generosity of so many people.”
To learn more about the NCF visit: www.northerncleftfoundation.co.uk or www.facebook.com/NorthernCleftFoundation.
Some of those who attended the recent Bollywood Ball that raised £27,000 for The Northern Cleft Foundation. (s)