A lot has been happening at the West Earlham Dental Practice since we met up with Dr Gautam Sharma for the spring edition. When we spoke to him last he was mentally and physically preparing to tackle the exciting Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for local charity Nelson’s Journey.
Dr Sharma’s personal journey began last year when he met a volunteer collecting money for the local charity. After finding out about the brilliant work Nelson’s Journey do, providing support and counselling to local children suffering the bereavement of a parent, Dr Sharma was moved to help. “It struck a chord with me. I made a donation but wanted to do more than that for this charity.”
The Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, otherwise known as The National Challenge, involves climbing three peaks in Wales: Snowdon (in North Wales), Cadair Idris (in mid-Wales) and Pen y Fan (in South Wales). The ‘walk’ is a total of 17 miles including a climb of approximately 5,000ft. When asked how he prepared for such a challenge Dr Sharma said “Training was varied and involved improving my diet, cardio training and specific weight training. It’s quite hard to train for this sort of event in Norfolk.” I can only imagine how Snowdon must compare to Mousehold!
Dr Sharma took on the three Welsh giants in July and successfully completed the gruelling task in less than 15 hours raising over £500 through sponsorship for Nelson’s Journey.“Having done the challenge I am immensely proud that as a team the Practice has raised over £500, which is enough to cover the support of a child through the whole of their journey. I would like to personally thank the fantastic team and patients at West Earlham Dental Practice for all their help and donations to this wonderful cause. I would not have been able to do it without them.’’
Far from being deterred by this exhausting feat Dr Sharma is already looking for his next challenge. The West Earlham Dental Practice are currently taking any suggestions for fund raising challenges you may have and the best idea will be chosen.
We look forward to meeting up with the team again in a future edition to find out what the next challenge will be and also hear about how the Practice has teamed up with The Earlham Early Years Centre to promote their Teeth For Life programme, a campaign taking positive steps to educate patients and children in the local community.
Contact West Earlham Dental Surgery to register as a patient, find out more about the Teeth For Life programme or to make suggestions for future fund raising activities.