Richard's Trips

More recent trips have been highlighed in our Newsltters; do take a look at the newsletters pages


During 2011 Richard climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, with the charity Bridge2Aid. This is a dental charity working to improve dental health in Tanzania.

Please do follow the link to the Bridge2Aid website-


Richard is funding the trek himself, however please do follow the link if you'd like to sponsor him:


Richard’s trip to the Amazon

In August 2006 Richard and his daughter Helen visited Peru on a Dental Charity trip in association with the Vine Trust, Amazon Hope Project. They travelled 150 miles down the Amazon, nearly to the borders of Brazil and Colombia. Together with a team of doctors, nurses and another dental colleague, they treated patients from 14 villages, many of whom had never received dental treatment in their lives. Over 300 teeth were extracted and one day, when unable to work in the surgery because the ship’s generator had broken, they extracted the teeth on the top deck, thereby getting a sun-tan at the same time!

They visited a health centre in the very poor part of Lakitos where, in the wet season, the area is surrounded by dirty water.

The three week trip culminated in a 46 mile ‘walk’ in the Andes (Richard realised he should have trained more!) seeing a glacier and fantastic scenery and ending up with a visit to Machu Picchu.

The Donations received to date total £1,500 and this will be used to help re-equip Amazon Hope with new equipment worth several thousand pounds.

Richard intends to continue to help raise more funds for this worthwhile charity and is returning to the Amazon in August this year with his wife Sue. Richard will be leading a team of fellow Rotarian collegues and health professionals.

Richard's visits to Nepal

Richard would like to tell you about his recent visit to the north-eastern remote area of Nepal with the Nepal Trust. He was only able to take a limited amount of dental equipment, which consisted of forceps, anaesthetic, gloves, gauze and antibacterial wipes. He had to enlist the help of the cook who boiled his instruments to sterilise them.

The area has, up until now, been closed to foreigners due to the Maoist activity making it very dangerous. It was like travelling back in time with the people living by subsistence farming. The villages have no electricity, only one water standpipe for a whole village and no healthcare. There are no roads and several bridges have been destroyed making communication very difficult.

The team walked over 160 miles between villages to assess the projects the charity had started and formulate a five-year plan.

Richard practiced his dentistry along the way extracting teeth when necessary. He even found a queue of people waiting outside his tent at 6am when he woke up. News travelled fast and more people would be waiting at the next village as soon as he arrived.

In all he extracted over 80 teeth and on one occasion he was stopped to extract a tooth at the roadside!



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