A DENTAL therapist from Old Town is off to Cambodia to help provide orphaned children with dental treatment.
Miranda Steeples, who practices at Meads Village Dental Practice and Southern Dental, in Stone Cross, will be travelling to Cambodia on May 11 for two weeks.
It will be the 33-year-old’s first trip to work at a dental clinic in Phnom Penh but she will be travelling with a friend who has been out to help the clinic before.
The clinic is supported by Cambodia World Family and is run on a daily basis by local girls trained as dental therapists.
Volunteer dentists, dental therapists and nurses from around the world travel out to work there throughout the year treating local orphans and street children.
Miranda said, “Children in this country have access to dental treatment and we can take that for granted.
“It is easy to forget that children in Camodia don’t have access to such treatment.
“The children we will be treating are also orphans too so life is really tough for them.”
Miranda has contacted Oral B and Colegate which have donated toothbrushes and toothpaste for her to take out for the children but she is appealing for local people to bring in other items.
Miranda said, “These children have very little so we are hoping people will drop off good quality, second-hand children’s clothing for youngsters up to the age of 14, small toys, colouring books and crayons.”
There are donation boxes in both the Meads and Stone Cross surgeries. Cash donations are also needed so that Miranda can supplies and materials when out in Cambodia.
The dental surgeries are located at 11 Meads Street, Eastbourne, and on Mimram Road in Stone Cross.