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Combating cancer, injury and disfigurement in the most socially important part of our bodies – the face and mouth
The face is the only part of our body we cannot hide. It conveys our emotions and innermost feelings. We often judge each other on the basis of facial appearance, making assumptions on a whole range of issues.
People suffer the consequences of facial diseases, injuries and disfigurement every day. In the United Kingdom 6,500 people develop oral cancer every year. Around 125,000 young people sustain serious facial injuries and 15,000 people receive treatment for facial disfigurement.
Despite the severity of these issues, this remains a much neglected research area leaving thousands of those unfortunate enough to be affected with little hope for the future. Not enough is known about facial disease, injury and deformity, their psychological and emotional impact and, critically, which treatments are most effective. Saving Faces - The Facial Surgery Research Foundation is the only charity in the UK solely dedicated to the worldwide reduction of facial injuries and diseases. We are taking the lead in education and research to improve the physical and psychological treatment of all victims of oral cancer and other facial diseases.
There are a number of ways that you can support the work of Saving Faces, and fundraising can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable. Take a look at our fundraising ideas and get inspired.
Saving Faces has been involved in a number of exciting events in aid of raising more awareness and funds. Take a look at some of the events we have been involved in.
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Saving Faces and BAOMS launch the world's first national study centre to further research into facial and oral disorders.
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There are lots of ways to get involved with Saving Faces. We are always happy to hear from patients and general supporters.
We offer great value for money for all the activities our charity does. This is because so many surgeons and their staff act as researchers and data collectors free of charge. But, the National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Centre (NFORC) will increase our annual spend by £350,000 to a total of £800,000.
The additional £350,000 a year will be spent on:
£60,000 to NHS Digital for data collection and storage.
£160,000 for additional research staff.
£85,000 to make small ex-gratia annual payments to nursing and secretarial staff at 100 UK hospitals for their help in assisting their surgeons discussing research with patients and collecting patients' data.
£45,000 rent and overheads for offices.
This is where you can help. Your support will help us to continue our research in combating facial diseases, disfigurement, injury and improve patient treatment worldwide. See below for all the ways that you can donate.
Saving Faces relies upon the help of a wide variety of supporters in order to continue its work. Without their help and dedication, we would not be able to carry out our life-changing research projects. There are a number of ways in which you can support the work of Saving Faces, and fundraising can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable.
One of our most valuable groups of fundraisers are students, who nationwide are raising money in all kinds of unique and inspiring ways. Fundraising can be not only a truly rewarding and satisfying experience in itself, but also looks great on your CV, and can be tailored to any individual or team's strengths and interests.
Saving Faces would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have been giving their time and money to help raise funds for us.
We would not be here were it not for all the amazing Saving Faces supporters who have run, jumped, swam, cycled, rowed (and rode), sung, danced, entertained and baked to raise funds for us. Here are just a handful of those who make it possible for us to carry out life-saving research. See how our supporters have had fun raising money for Saving Faces.