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Long Stratton Tooth fairies give charity a cash injection

Tooth fairy Trudy and tooth fairy Maddie, hand over the cheque
Tooth fairy Trudy and tooth fairy Maddie, hand over the cheque

Two tooth fairies have handed over a cheque to a children’s charity, with a little help from patients and some ingenious dentists.

Tooth Fairy Trudy and Tooth Fairy Maddie from Manor House Dental Surgery in Long Stratton handed over a cheque for £300 to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) this week.

Dentists at the surgery have, for the past year, been melting down dental work, including old crowns, fillings and bridges, and then exchanging it for cash.

Dentists usually sell off old dental work, which contains gold and silver, with money usually going to the practice itself.

But the surgery was one of seven in the Simply Smile group to take part in the fundraising drive.

Trudy is a receptionist at the surgery and Maddie is a dental nurse.

“First, we asked our patients to vote for their favourite charity and they chose Each,” said Manor House practice manager Sue Wright.

“Patients always have the choice whether to keep the metal from their dental work or not, and everyone agreed to help raise funds from their old dental work.

“The money was raised from between 50 and 75 old crowns, bridges and filings and it was such a success that we’re planning to do it again next year.”

Mike Hatton, Each Norfolk fundraising assistant, said: “This is perhaps the most original way of fundraising that I’ve come across during my time with Each.

“It was great to meet the team at the surgery, especially the real life tooth fairies Trudy and Maddie.

“We really appreciate their support.”

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