Sam holds a football Funday

Sam was born with a cleft lip and palate. Sam had been having some difficulties coming to terms with why he had to undergo so many operations, so his parents decided to not only help him understand why he required them, but to also make him aware of how lucky he was compared to children in less developed areas born with cleft lip and palates.


Sam's mum Rachel came up with the idea to show him pictures of other children who have not had the benefits of the NHS. She showed him photos of children on our website and together they read the stories of some of our patients from around the world.  Then something wonderful happened, Sam was so moved by what the charity does for children less fortunate, that he said he wanted to help.

Sam wanted to raise a very ambitions £2,000 which would sponsor an operating table for a complete Operation Smile mission somewhere in the world giving new smiles to around 25 children. To help raise the money, Sam and his mum organised a football fun day.


Despite the less than perfect weather everyone turned out for the football fun day.  The main event was the football competitions for P4/5 & P6/7 pupils which we are delighted to say was won by Sam's Team "Miles for Smiles"!  The burgers went down and storm and everyone took part in the entertainment including the silent auction, bottle stall and beat the goalie.  

Sam had also the opportunity to score a penalty against Robbie Mutch, Aberdeen Football Club’s U20 Development team goalkeeper who supported us at the event.


By the end of the day Sam had raised an astonishing £4,213.23 which is outstanding for someone so young and we are more than delighted to report that he has also come around to the need for his own operation!


Inspired by Sam's story? Do you want to organise your own fundraising event?

Visit our Fundraise page for tips and ideas. 

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“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President