Dr Paul Sherrard offers a big thank you to everyone who supported his charity trip to Africa this summer.
Paul, principal dentist at Moreton Dental Care, and his son Edward, a 5th year dental student at Newcastle University, spent two weeks working with a medical mission visiting remote communities in Uganda where villagers would not normally have access to healthcare.
Their services were in huge demand- the pair extracted more than 1,000 teeth during the fortnight, thus relieving the toothache of hundreds of adults and children, as well as giving oral hygiene instruction and diet advice.
They took with them all the dental equipment they needed to set up temporary surgeries in the rural villages which had no electricity or running water. These were often in wooden huts using whatever tables and chairs were available for operating
Paul said it was a joy to be able to help the hundreds of Ugandans he met. "It was very humbling being able to help such gracious people who have so little and were totally unable to access dental or medical treatment in normal circumstances," he added.
The trip was organised with the Rock of Joy Trust (rockofjoy.co.uk) which was established to support schools and communities in Uganda after initial visits from Heswall medics and church members in 2007.
Since then volunteers from Wirral have returned annually to work towards their goals of establishing clean water supplies, building new schools, sponsoring teachers and attending to the medical needs of the communities.
Paul is grateful to patients and friends who generously responded to his appeal to made donations to Rock of Joy before the trip. The £500 he raised helped buy 900 life-saving mosquito nets which were put up in the homes of Ugandan families by members of Heswall Youth Fellowship who also went on the trip to volunteer in the charity's three schools.
Other Wirral dental practices also donated equipment for Paul and Edward to use while on the trip.
It is the fourth time Paul has made the trip, each time working alongside a team of Ugandan and British doctors and nurses aiming to promote sustainable healthcare in these far-flung communities.