Student dental nurse from Exmouth travels to Africa to provide care in poor communities

PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 September 2018

Daisy (left) with her suster Molly. Picture: Daisy Turner

Daisy (left) with her suster Molly. Picture: Daisy Turner


A student dental nurse from Exmouth is taking her talents overseas volunteering with in of Africa’s poorest communities.

Daisy Turner, of Salterton Road in Exmouth, is taking a break from her training at the Victoria Road Practice, in September and travelling to Uganda to provide dental care to people in need.

Along with sister, Mollie Turner, who is a qualified dental nurse at Fairfield Dental practice, the pair will provide pain relief dentistry, preventative care and oral health education to those who would otherwise not have it.

Daisy says she is excited about the trip, which will involve volunteering at schools, orphanages, children’s homes and remote communities, where her expertise is much-needed.

She said: “I have always wanted to do something for charity and it was my dream to go to Africa, so the fact that I can do both is amazing and my sister feels the same.

“I hope to come back with a new lease of life and to appreciate the small things; things are so different out there and I hope to get the sense of doing something good.

“We have the luxury of seeing a dentist, but those people haven’t. Most will be in pain and we will take them out of that pain.

“For us to go out there and give them some knowledge about dental hygene will be great.”

Victoria Road Practice manager, Shelley Poole, has wished Daisy well on her trip and says is happy to support it.

“It is a wonderful experience for a student nurse.,” said Shelley. “It will give her a sense of enormous wellbeing helping people who might not be able to access those services. It’s lovely, because we like to support our staff as much as possible.”

Daisy only has £256 left to raise in order to reach her target of £2250. Shelley thanked patients, friends and family members for their ‘generous’ donations which had made this possible.

Dentaid aims to provide access to safe, affordable and essential dental care for people in some of the poorest countries in the world and in the UK.

Daisy is also looking for donations of dental products to take on her trip, such as toothpastes, mothwashes and toothbrushes, which can be bought in local stores for as little as 50 pence.

People can bring donations to Victoria Road Practice, 5 Victoria Road, EX8 1DL.

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