Husband and wife dentists Alison and Christoff du Plessis will leave festive fun behind them between Christmas and New Year for a busman’s holiday in London.
Alison (28) and Christoff (27) volunteered their dental services to the charity Crisis at Christmas, which means they will be treating homeless people, some of whom may not have seen a dentist for decades.
We just thought it would be a really good idea to do some charity work in the UK because people think about going abroad and we have got a big need here.Alison du Plessis
Alison said: “Basically we will be giving emergency care and sorting out onward referrals for further care.
“A lot of these people haven’t been seen for an awfully long time.”
Christoff and Alison met in the 6th form at Spalding Grammar School, were together at college and have already done voluntary work in The Cook Islands, in the South Pacific, and Argentina.
They spotted an ad in The British Dental Journal and leapt at the chance to help.
“We just thought it would be a really good idea to do some charity work in the UK because people think about going abroad and we have got a big need here,” said Alison.
They have a training day on Sunday in readiness for working in south London on December 27, 28 and 29.
“It’s going to be pretty long, full-on days,” said Alison. “I think its 8am-6pm every day.”
Many of the homeless people that have dental treatment through Crisis at Christmas haven’t been able to access dentistry for years.
Alison said: “You see things that don’t crop up in general practice.”
Alison attended Spalding High School before transferring to the grammar school.
She said: “I always wanted to do something medically based and interacting with people as well – dentistry is a good combination of the two, it’s scientific and has the healthcare element of working with the public.
Christoff, originally from South Africa, works in his father’s dental practice, Holbeach Dental Surgery, in Albert Street. Alison works there too, one day a week, and is based the rest of the time at Tulip Dental Practice, in Woolram Wygate, Spalding.
l To find out about Crisis at Christmas visit www.crisis.org.uk or call 0800 999 2070.