Dental workers’ Roman charity trek

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DENTAL practice staff got their teeth into a gruelling charity trek.

The practice team at Durham City Smiles completed a 26km walk along Hadrian’s Wall, to raise thousands of pounds for military charity Help for Heroes.

The eight-strong group – two dentists, three dental nurses, two receptionists and one dental student – took part in the trek earlier this week .

They finished the feat in less than eight hours, spurred on by friends, family and patients, and raised more than £1,500.

The charity is close to the hearts of dentists Graeme Dentith and Stuart Cox, who both come from Royal Navy families.

Help for Heroes provides direct, practical support to wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans, and their families.

Graeme Dentith, principal dentist at the practice, said: “The trek along Hadrian’s Wall was really tough, but completing it and raising over £1,500 for Help for Heroes in the process is a fantastic achievement.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who has supported and sponsored us – it really has made a huge difference.”

Graeme said the camaraderie of the team kept them going through the punishing condition.

“We set off at 10am from Walltown Quarry with a little apprehension of what was to follow, but we kept our spirits up as a team, even when our energy levels were flagging,” he said.

“It was a real test of endurance for all of us, but there were lots of smiles and camaraderie, not to mention the stunning scenery which took us through the sweeping countryside along the Roman wall.

“We paused briefly at the Roman Fort of Housteads for lunch before our final descent to Chollerford where we enjoyed dinner and well-earned pint!”

To add to the Help for Heroes sponsorship money raised by Durham City Smiles, visit www.durhamcitysmiles.co.uk and click on the charity link on the homepage.

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