HUNDREDS of children in the developing world will have life-changing operations following a herculean fundraising effort.
As part of its continued support for the charity Operation Smile, Bannatyne Health Clubs across the UK have raised over £139,000 by hosting various fundraising events.
Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity in over 60 countries.
Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 240,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
Bannatyne Health’s Solihull club raised over £200 to the cause which will help pay for a child to have a life-changing cleft operation.
Ambassador for Operation Smile, Duncan Bannatyne, made a visit to Vietnam to see for himself the life-changing work that is carried out by the charity.
Scott Snyder, executive director of Operation Smile UK, said: “The support and events put on by Bannatyne members and staff over Smile Week has been quite simply phenomenal.
“Smile Week is a fantastic way to raise awareness for our charity and the money raised will change so many lives for the better. We hope this will become a regular fundraising event and hope it will grow year on year.
“The hundreds of people who took part in the many different events across the UK have helped to change countless children’s lives, for which we are incredibly grateful.
“We’d like to congratulate everyone who took part on raising such an amazing sum.”