Two hundred Sunderland shirts, hanging on a line – donated strips fill dentist’s wash load

Michael Oliver, of Larwood Court, Chester-le-Street,  with Sunderland football srtrips that will be flown out to Morocco as part of the Strip off for Smiles campaign.
Michael Oliver, of Larwood Court, Chester-le-Street, with Sunderland football srtrips that will be flown out to Morocco as part of the Strip off for Smiles campaign.
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HANGING on the line, these SAFC strips donated by generous Echo readers are ready to be flown to Morocco.

More than 200 shirts have been donated to our Strip off for Smiles campaign to help children in North Africa.

Michael Oliver, of Oliver’s Dental Studio, will fly out on Saturday to give the old Sunderland strips to youngsters in a village in El Jebah.

This is his third visit to the fishing village to perform essential dentistry on youngsters for free.

Michael is one of the founding members of the Dental Mavericks, who travel to Morocco every year to help children with no access to dentists.

The team spend an intensive few days to relieve the suffering of children with abscesses, rotting teeth and gum infections.

Thanks to Echo readers, there are hundreds of strips to be given out.

Michael said: “We’ve got more than 200 strips now. It’s incredible the response we have had from everybody.

“Some of the strips have been sent out already and patients have still been dropping off strips this week.”

Michael will fly to Spain before taking the ferry over to Morocco.

Michael said: “I will have to travel very lightly and one of my suitcases will be packed with strips.

“I am looking forward to it.

“The villagers always give us such a warm welcome.

“It’s like we are celebrities and when you give the football strips to the children, they just love it.

“I know they will be running around the village wearing them as soon as they get them.”

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