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Posted on in Charity
Stacey Collins takes on Tough Mudder for charity

Dental Practice manager Stacey Collins is set to push her endurance to the limit when she takes on an extreme physical challenge for charity in memory of a former patient this weekend. 

The 32 year old aims to complete the gruelling Tough Mudder event at Cholmondley Castle in Cheshire on Sunday (Sept 14) in tribute to lung cancer sufferer Nick Pope, who was inspirational in his positive approach to dealing with the disease.

Stacey, a mother of two from Oxton, is hoping the size month of bootcamp style training she has undertaken will equip her to tackle the 12 mile course of 24 obstacles designed by the UK's Special Forces. 

Crawling through mud and ice, and dodging live electric cables and fire are just some of the extreme challenges she will have to tackle to realise her dream of raising £1000 for the Roy Castle Lung Foundation. 

Nick died in February, aged 59, after a courageous battle against the disease. He not only raise more than £19,000 for the Roy Castle charity, but also raised awareness of the disease, by appearing in a series of television documentaries. 

The charity presented him with the "Most Inspirational Person of the Year" national award last year to mark his achievements. 

Nick, who was born in West Kirby, was a popular patient at Moreton Dental Care where he was a regular visitor, and before he died Stacey promised to raise money for his favourite charity by entering the Tough Mudder event. 

Said Stacey: "Nick was such a lovely friendly man with a great sense of humour. He was always full of fun and good cheer even when he was very ill."

"I am delighted to be doing something to support his favourite charity, although the event itself is going to be a real personal challenge for me."

Nick's widow Sue, who will be supporting Stacey at the Tough Mudder event on Sunday, is continuing to fundraise for the foundation with her family. 

They are holding a charity dinner at Wallasey Golf Club on Friday, September 19. Nick, a keen golfer, was a member at Wallasey for many years and was awarded the much-coveted Bobby Jones green jacket by the club in 2012 for being a player of "special merit". 

Posted on in Events
Dental care can be fun

A trip to the dentist might be at the top of every child's wish list, but Wirral youngsters gave the thumbs up after visiting an action-packed fun day at their local practice.

More than 100 excited youngsters, from toddlers to teenagers, got their teeth into a wide range of games and quizzes, all with an oral health theme, and came away with bags of goodies and prizes. 

Dentists at Moreton Dental Care, with support from Wirral Community NHS Trust, laid on the four-hour session of free entertainment with the aim of encouraging youngsters to look after their teeth from an early age. 

The move came after national reports last month highlighted that tooth decay is by the biggest reason why primary school children are admitted to hospital.

NHS data states that almost 26,000 children in England aged between five and nine were hospitalised for multiple tooth extractions in 2013-14 - almost 500 a week.

Youngsters visiting the day saw puppets demonstrate tooth cleaning, listened to dentists explaining how teeth decay, and learned about healthy eating by trying sugar-free snacks. They could also dress up as the dentist, have their faces painted and take part in competitions.

James Duckers, operational team leader with Wirral Community NHS Trust, praised the Moreton Dental team for doing a good job. "From our point of view any way we can encourage people to be a bit less resistant to getting their teeth checked and looking after the whole body has got to be a good thing. Advice like this can break down some of those barriers." said Mr Duckers.

Steve Williams, Wirral Councillor for Moreton West and Saughall Massie, described the fun day as "fantastic" and said the local authority listed promoting good oral health and tackling obecity as a top priority in its child welfare role in the borough. Wirral councillors Anita Leech and Trina Johnson also lent support by joining in the activities. 

Principal dentist Paul Sherrard was delighted with the turnout on the day. Dr Sherrard said: "We've had an amazing response from the local community. We wanted youngsters to pick up a few health tips and have a bit of fun too, and judging by the number of children who turned up I think we achieved that."

 

He praised dental staff for their weeks of hard work planning the event, and local firms and dental companies, including DenPlan, who donated prizes and dental products.

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