Elizabeth Hurley announced as global ambassador for split charity

smile trainthe largest charity in the world and official partner of charity today announced that UK National Treasurer Elizabeth Hurley, known for her work as an actress, model, businesswoman and philanthropist, has become a Global Ambassador for Smile Train and will lend her support to raise the profile of Smile Train in the UK -United and beyond.

Through her role as Ambassador, Elizabeth will use her global platform to raise awareness of the cracks in the UK while using her voice to shine a light on Smile Train programs and initiatives around the world. Elizabeth plans to visit Smile Train programs in India in 2023 to meet local partner surgeons, cleft patients and their families who have benefited from Smile Train support.

Elizabeth Hurley commented:

“It is an honor and a privilege to become the Global Ambassador for Smile Train and to help change the world one smile at a time. Every three minutes, somewhere in the world, another baby is born having trouble breathing, talking or eating due to a cleft. Smile Train has accomplished so much in 23 years, helping over 1.5 million children with clefts.

“In the UK, the NHS provides free care for babies with clefts, but hundreds of thousands of children and adults around the world do not have access to the life-saving surgery and other comprehensive care they need. desperately needed. Smile Train is working to fill this gap. I look forward to meeting the children and families whose lives have been transformed by Smile Train, hearing their stories and speaking on their behalf.

Ian Vallance, director of Smile Train UK, said:

“We are thrilled to have Elizabeth join our Smile Train family. Through her charity work, Elizabeth has shown that a powerful voice and powerful actions can make a difference. Every three minutes another baby is born struggling to breathe. , talking and eating because of a cleft. By graciously sharing her spotlight with children with clefts, Elizabeth will not only help us raise awareness of such an important issue, but will also move the world with the powerful stories of our patients, helping to raise even more vital funds to support our work.

A cleft is the most common facial difference worldwide, affecting around 1 in 700 babies. In the UK, cleft surgery is performed within the first 12 months of a baby’s life by the National Health Service ( NHS). However, hundreds of thousands of children living in resource-poor communities around the world are not so lucky and do not have access to the life-saving treatment they desperately need.

Smile Train’s sustainable model gives local healthcare professionals the training, funding and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children around the world. Since 1999, Smile Train has supported safe, quality care for over 1.5 million children and will continue to do so until every needy person with a cleft has access to the care they deserve.

To learn more about Smile Train’s global efforts and to donate, please visit: smiletrain.org.uk.

Christine E. Phillips