Call for NHS dentist
A shop full of a popsinger Pixie Lott’s clothes, which showed up in Uxbridge for just one week, has raised thousands for a young person’s charity.
The singer donated clothes and accessories from her tour for a popup shop at intu Uxbridge from Monday 15 – Sunday 21 February.
£2,500 was raised for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), a charity which has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death since 1995.
Dr Steven Cox, CRY chief executive, said: “What a great week at intu Uxbridge.
“We are so grateful to the intu team who allowed us to ‘set up shop’ over the half term – and timing couldn’t have been better, leading up to a high profile BBC TV Lifeline Appeal, fronted by Pixie, that was broadcast recently.
“Many of the visitors we met wanted to learn more about CRY’s work and Pixie’s involvement with the charity and it was a real pleasure for our staff and volunteers to chat to shoppers of all ages who showed so much HUNDREDS of Harefield residents have signed a petition to get an NHS dentist in their village.
NHS England had carried out a needs assessment where they found that the dental decay rates in Hillingdon are amongst the worst in London.
They say there has been a high demand for NHS Dental Services in the Harefield area since the previous dentist closed in 2011, leaving only two private options in the village. An application for ‘change of use’ from residential to dental clinic on 12A Northwood Road was submitted to Hillingdon Council in September 2015, but a decision was delayed when nearby residents raised concerns.
The proposed use would incorporate the provision of off-street parking spaces with replacement 2m high acoustic fences in the front and rear gardens.
Around 40 residents signed a petition against the NHS dental clinic, stating the change of use is ‘inappropriate’ and were concerned about noise and car disturbance with insufficient car parking for staff.
But Liz Fernandez, the future dental practice interest in our ongoing mission to prevent young sudden cardiac death.”
CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially lifethreatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected, as well as funding heart screening programmes and medical research
Mr Cox added: “Overall we raised the manager, says “everyone deserves to have NHS treatment”.
She said: “It’s not fair on people, it’s not fair on the vulnerable and it’s not fair on the children.
“You do need a dentist there, you need a free dentist for the children and a free dentist for the unemployed.
“There’s people on social media telling us they have three broken teeth and it’s sad we can’t open a dentist in the UK because of parking.”
Ms Fernandez and her colleagues have started collecting signatures in favour of the service.
An online petition has so far gathered 110 signatures and another 105 have been collected in print.
One wrote: “We do need an NHS dentist in Harefield – I am a mum of three and myself and children need an NHS dentist local as the private ones are too expensive.”
Another commented: “We had a dental practice that closed along the same stretch of road. We need another NHS dentist instead of making the elderly and little ones leave the village.”
Hillingdon Council deferred the planning application at the North Planning Committee on Thursday last week. fantastic sum of around £2,500 – not to mention the value of raising awareness in such a busy and vibrant shopping mall. As one of intu Uxbridge’s nominated charities of the year, we look forward to working with the team again during 2016.”
The All About Tonight singer is a patron of CRY and uses the role to help spread the word about the charity’s vital work.
Natasha House, marketing manager at intu Uxbridge, said: “It was fantastic that CRY were able to open a popup charity shop here at intu Uxbridge, with thanks to their patron Pixie Lott.
“The store was hugely popular with our shoppers, and spread awareness for the charity and their fantastic work.”
At least 12 young, apparently fit and healthy people (aged 35 and under) in the UK lose their lives due to undiagnosed heart conditions every week.
As well as working with Cardiac Risk in the Young, intu Uxbridge will be supporting Rainbow Trust and Hillingdon Carers to raise awareness and funds for the causes.