In celebration of World Smile Day in 2018 we pledged to donate £50 to Operation Smile for each Dermapen micro-needling treatment we carried out in October and November.
Operation Smile is a fabulous local Wimbledon charity which provides thousands of safe surgeries each year for those born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities in developing countries.
Boosting confidence and improving lives
“Feeling confident about your appearance makes everyone feel more positive,” explains Lorraine. “I know because my working life is spent helping people to improve their self-confidence through their appearance. So it really struck a chord when I learnt about the vital impact Wimbledon-based charity, Operation Smile, makes to people’s appearance and thus their lives.
“Talking to my team it was clear we all felt passionate about fundraising and our clients supported us brilliantly throughout. I’m thrilled to say we smashed our target raising enough money to fund 7 smile operations, so a huge personal thank you to everyone involved.
“And we’re not leaving it here. We intend to support, fundraise and work closely with such this amazing charity.”
Why Operation Smile?
Meet Faustina who lives in Ghana, a country with a deeply rooted stigma towards cleft lips.
For 17 years, Faustina has lived with the burden of her unrepaired cleft lip. “I can’t go anywhere because of my cleft,” she said. “I can’t attend school. I just spend my days helping my mother at home.”
When Faustina was born, doctors told her Father that surgery could fix her lip. However, the procedure couldn’t be performed at their district hospital, and it would be too expensive for him to afford.
Operation Smile, and their supporters, made it possible for Faustina to have the life-changing surgery. Now she can look forward to the future…
When she saw her reflection for the first time after surgery, her eyes were filled with tears of joy when she gazed at her face in the mirror.
Sarah Kosciukiewicz, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Operation Smile, said, “We’re very grateful for the generous support from Lorraine and Eden Skin Clinic who exceeded their fundraising target to help seven more children like Faustina receive the free surgery they deserve so they are not left to live their life in social isolation. The funds raised by Eden Skin Clinic will go directly towards helping to heal seven smiles for children like Faustina.”