The blog entry was originally posted on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog Section

Two members of the British Dental Health Foundation are jumping 10,000 feet to raise money for charity.

Communications Manager David Arnold and Website Officer Doychin Sakutov will be performing the jump this Sunday (30 November) at Brackley Parachute Centre in Oxford. The jump will be performed as a tandem skydive, reaching speeds of up to 120mph.

David, 28 from Rugby and Doychin, 25 from Coventry, were originally scheduled to jump in October before high winds on the day caused the jump to be postponed.

David said: “It’s something I’ve never done before, and I must admit, I’m terrified! It’s for a great cause, so I hope everyone can get behind us and support the charity.

“Having been cancelled in October due to bad weather, I think we’re all crossing our fingers for a calm and clear day… hopefully it won’t be too cold either!”

Doychin added: “I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait for the adrenaline rush to hit me. It’s going to be the greatest thing I will ever do, so I hope everyone can support us.”

So far, the pair have raised £965 while three others jumpers also raising money for the British Dental Health Foundation, Ian Aguado-Bush, Andrew Mack and Jenny Stubbs have collected a further £1,500.

The skydive on Sunday will feature a number of other dental charities including Bridge2Aid, Heart Your Smile and the Mouth Cancer Foundation, who will also be jumping on the day.

The jump is the brainchild of Ian Aguado-Bush, founder of the Clean My Teeth, who put together a world record 70 hour Drummathon last year for the same charities.

Ian said: “The British Dental Health Foundation does an amazing job of improving oral health. The Clean My Teeth campaign aims to improve the oral health of one million children around the world. David and Doychin react to the dental skydive. We aim to do this by educating people, and that’s exactly what the Foundation does. Choosing to raise money for them was an easy choice, and I hope to raise as much money as I can.”

To sponsor David and Doychin’s jump, please visit JustGiving – Dental Skydive.

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Oral Health Foundation

The Oral Health Foundation is a charity that works to improve oral health by providing education, advice, and support to millions of people every year, changing lives for the better. Our mission is to support others in achieving a healthier life through better oral health. Our vision is to live in a world where everybody has a healthy mouth and is free of dental disease. Poor oral health can have a harmful and devastating effect on a person’s life – both for their physical health and mental wellbeing. We are determined to help more people achieve good oral health and have a better quality of life. Sadly, oral disease remains common, across the life course. We are taking the challenge to reduce the harm caused by poor oral health and the responsibility to create a healthier future for everybody. We do this because we believe that everybody deserves to have good oral health. To make sure this happens, by 2024, we will:

    • Work towards decreasing the prevalence of oral disease across communities.
    • Increase the number of people accessing our help and information services.
    • Diversify our range of resources to reach more communities.
    • Successfully campaign for policies which help people achieve healthier lives.
    • Generate new and nurture existing income streams that enable us to deliver our charitable objectives.

We are going to achieve success by:

    • Running awareness campaigns like National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.
    • Giving anybody who needs it direct support through our Dental Helpline.
    • Influencing policy on subjects like dental access, sugar, and tobacco.
    • Providing consumer advice on oral health care products and working alongside manufacturers to make sure products do what they claim to do.
    • Creating resources and information that communicates positive oral health messages.
    • Working alongside others who share our passion for health and wellbeing.

To find out more about us, visit our website at https://www.dentalhealth.org/

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