We’re delighted to announce that the Saving Faces Art Project collection by Mark Gilbert is going international this year where it will exhibit in Chicago at the International Museum of Surgical Science opening June 4th. Visit https://imss.org/mark-gilbert-portraits-in-health-care/ for more information on how to RSVP to this free event open to the public.
Thank you to all our supporters and friends – old and new – who attended this year’s Christmas Carols on Wednesday 18th December 2019, making it one of our most attended event.
We hope everyone enjoyed the festive evening and the beautiful music provided by the Chelsea Opera Group and their Director, Lindsay Bramley.
We are very grateful to the choir and the staff at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great for hosting the carols at their stunning church.
2020 is an important milestone, as it will be Saving Faces’ 20th anniversary. We will be holding an event to celebrate this and we are looking forward to seeing you again there! Please stay tuned!
From Professor Iain Hutchison and the entire Saving Faces team, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year. Continue reading
Academy-Award film director and long-term Saving Faces supporter, gives a moving and an inspirational interview on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
“This open access paper funded by charity Saving Faces and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is ground-breaking. OMFS cancer surgeons from all over the UK were involved in the study, and British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) is proud that this research was completed and published.
The study was possible because of a unique collaboration between 68 UK-based surgeons treating 614 patients at 27 UK hospitals. The research compared leaving or taking out neck glands that did not have obvious secondary cancers at the same time as removing the patient’s small mouth cancer. OMFS know that between 20 and 30 in every 100 patients with small mouth cancers have tiny microscopic cancer deposits in their neck glands that can’t be picked up by any scanners. Now OMFS have the evidence about the risks and benefits of removing the neck glands in early mouth cancer. This information will help patients participate in decisions about their treatment.
To mis-quote John F Kennedy in this the 50th anniversary year of the moon landings, OMFS surgeons want to do randomised surgical trials ‘not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone’.
This paper is a credit to all involved.”
– Patrick Magennis, British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) Chair and Saving Faces Deputy Chair of TrusteesOperating-Theatre-Journal-November-2019
A huge thank you to our supporters who ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 13th October 2019 to support Saving Faces!
Thank you to all our runners who took part and raised the wonderful amount of nearly £2000 for Saving Faces!
If everybody gives a little, we achieve a lot.
Many of us now start the day with at least one coffee drunk on the hoof on the way into work. Some of us even need several coffees a day to keep going! These coffees usually cost £2.50.
You are one of 7,000 very special people who support Saving Faces. You have probably raised money or donated to us in the past. We are now asking you to convert the cost of one cup of coffee or tea a week into an annual standing order to Saving Faces of £130 (£2.50 x 52); a few of you might feel so generous that you’ll forgo one coffee for more than one day (£5 up to £12.50 a week). This regular income will ensure that even in these difficult times we can complete our current research projects that will all change lives for the better; and have the confidence to start the many new exciting projects proposed by UK surgeons.
We know that some of you are hard-pressed for money, or donate generously to other worthy causes so may not be able to take up this challenge. But please try so we can continue our valuable work, which has now been running for over 19 years. Our current outgoings are £700,000 per year to fund our researchers and house our organisation. If everybody gives a little, we achieve a lot.
To get involved in the Saving Faces 400k Coffee Challenge, please download our standing order mandate form stand below.
Listen to Prof Iain Hutchison on BBC Radio 4 The Today Programme with Sarah Smith discussing the ground breaking results of the SEND study, funded by Cancer Research UK, Elliott Bernerd and Saving Faces.
Headline News 17/10/2019: Findings of ground-breaking new surgical trial on mouth cancer published by the British Journal of Cancer
The findings of the Selective Elective Neck Dissection (SEND study) funded by Elliott Bernerd, Cancer Research UK and Saving Faces, has been published for the first time in the British Journal of Cancer and has been recommended in the F1000 Prime as being of special significance in its field.
- Patients with mouth cancer benefit from additional surgery
- 21,000 more patients worldwide could be cured as a result of this finding Continue reading
Ex-paratrooper Frank Fletcher completed two commemorative parachute drops for the 75th anniversary of D-Day (6th June 1944) to raise essential funds for the National Facial Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC), funded by Saving Faces and its partner the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS), and Special Forces veterans charity Pilgrim Bandits.
A huge thank you to Frank and all his supporters for this fantastic fundraising effort to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. The total amount raised was over £1,700!
5th June 2019
The first drop took place near Caen in Normandy on 5th June 2019, which marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Frank and the pilots were featured on the BBC’s The One Show.
17th September 2019
The second drop took place near Arnhem in the Netherlands, The Battle of Arnhem was a significant battle amongst Airborne Forces and the film ‘A Bridge too Far’ portrays the events.