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Showcase Of Your Smiles

A Montage of pearly white grins was given the finishing touches yesterday as the Lindsey Lodge Smile Campaign prepared to showcase its results.

The campaign, which urged people to have their smiles snapped for a donation of £2 towards the hospice running costs, has seen hundreds of happy faces show off their smiles for a good cause. And a collage of the pictures has been set up at the 20-21 Visu al Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe.

Head of fundraising at the hospice, Mel Banham said although the campaign had not raised as much money as hoped, he was still pleased with the results. “In total, we’ve raised £5,000, which is below the target of £25,000 we had initially, which looking back, was probably a bit ambitious. “But the money raised from the campaign is brilliant and we hope to still get more as the campaign will be open for people to submit their smiles until the exhibition finishes.”

Adam Linsley (36), from York Road, Brigg, said the cause was particularly close to his heart, because his mum lost her battle with breast cancer last month but received ‘excellent’ care at the hospice.

“The hospice was brilliant with her and she made a lot of great friends there. “My family and I are absolutely thrilled with the campaign.”

Mr Linsley’s children, Emma (five) and Matthew (four), have even been made the ‘face’ of the campaign and feature on a big picture at the exhibition. Emma said: “I like my picture and the pictures of the other smiles. They’re really nice.”

Michelle Lally, visual arts officer at the centre, said they were happy to help the cause. “Mel had the idea of getting these smiles and presenting them in an artistic way and I know the Lindsey Lodge Hospice appeal is very popular in the town so we were glad to help.

“People like to see their pictures in a public space so it will hopefully attract a lot of visitors.” The smile showcase is open for public viewing from today until Saturday, June 7.

TOP RIGHT: Sophie Cook, marketing manager of sponsors Turner Warren, flashes her smile.

PICTURE: David Haber

Source: Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph 24 May 2008

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