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Teeth Team trustee Julie Fountain awarded BEM

Published: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

Award-winning children’s dental health charity Teeth Team has reason to celebrate this month at the news that Julie Fountain, long-standing trustee and programme co-ordinator, has been awarded an BEM (British Empire Medal) for ‘Services to Dentistry’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Julie has over 22 years’ experience within the dental profession and for the past nine years has been instrumental in developing the nationally recognised Teeth Team programme, working tirelessly to bring the message of dental health to some of the most deprived children in the UK. As part of her role at Teeth Team Julie visits primary schools and sees many children who either don’t own a toothbrush or share a family toothbrush. “Trying to get the healthy eating message across to the children, then hoping they take it home to their parents, is tough,” Julie says, “but if you can change the outlook of even one child then it’s worthwhile.”

Teeth Team chair, Chris Groombridge, offered his congratulations, “We are absolutely delighted to hear that Julie has been awarded a BEM. It’s a testament to her complete dedication to children’s dental health over the course of her career. She has made an enormous contribution to Teeth Team and continues to do so.”

As well as being heavily involved with Teeth Team Julie is head nurse and lead oral health educator at 543 Dental Centre in Hull. She is married with one daughter and in her spare time, enjoys cycling and spending time with her family.

Julie will be presented with her BEM in the autumn.