In support of the NHS England’s national campaign to fight tooth decay in Children, London Freemasons are donating 40,000 toothbrushes, with the slogan “From London Freemasons” on the handle, to Children’s wards in London Hospitals. Manufactured in Switzerland, the toothbrushes are specially designed for children and impregnated with invisible toothpaste.
Brother Alan Hillman of the City Gate Lodge 9890, whilst visiting his grandson in hospital saw the TLC Teddy Bear scheme in action. Suitably impressed and wishing to say, “Thank You” for the support they gave his family, he asked the nurses what further support did they need? They mentioned the poor dental health state of many children often arriving at hospital without their toothbrushes and the desperate need for toothbrushes impregnated with toothpaste for use in the hospital.
Professor Nigel Hunt OBE, Royal College of Surgeons stated “Child tooth decay is a major public health issue, and effects around a quarter of five-year olds across the country. Ensuring that Children brush their teeth regularly, and attend dental check-ups are essential steps in tackling a problem that is 90% preventable” Robert Cole, matron in the Children’s A&E department at Lewisham’s University Hospital commented “We are very pleased to receive this donation from the London Masons Charity”. Gammas Warren playworker at Northwick Park Hospital added “As many children come to the ward unprepared to be able to give them a toothbrush would be amazing”
The following toothbrushes have already been delivered:
North Middlesex Hospital – 2000
Royal Free Hospital – 1000
West Middlesex Hospital - 1000
Somerton & Hackney Hospitals - 600
Lewisham Hospital – 1000
Ealing & Northwick Park Hospitals – 1000
Evelina Children’s Hospital ( next to St Thomas’ Westminster) – 2000
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children – 3000