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Outstanding service to the local community: Mary Farnell

Blog Author BDA digital team

Blog Date 16/11/2015

Sheffield dentist Mary Farnell is to be honoured with the BDA's Certificate of merit for services to the profession, which will be officially awarded at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition's Honours and Award's dinner on Saturday 28 May 2016 in Manchester.


Mary was put forward by Oonagh McCloskey, member of BDA Northern Ireland Branch, after seeing Mary's outstanding work for Crisis at Christmas, and Nigel Mallon, her Principal at Taptonville House Dental Clinic in Sheffield.


In nominating her, they highlighted how Mary has worked tirelessly to care for the vulnerable in her community. They have been impressed by her belief in providing best care for elderly patients, the balance she strikes between sound clinical treatment and her warmth of empathy and understanding of patients as valued people.


Mary is known to be a strong believer in sharing her skills and supporting the next generation, and takes undergraduate students on sessions to her outreach clinics to help extend their skills and experience.


Her work in the local community has been outstanding, she has been a leader for the Crisis Dental Service in London for many years, and worked as clinical lead for expanding the project in London from 2008, working with the homeless and doing Christmas volunteering work.


On putting forward her nomination, Oonagh said:


"Mary works very hard and is respected and loved by her patients and by dental trainees. Her warmth and enthusiasm is infectious, during her Crisis Christmas Dental Team work, she creates a buzz and excitement which is contagious amongst guests and volunteers. She is so devoted and generous with her personal time, working endlessly all year round to source materials for the Christmas week, and without her the most vulnerable guests would not experience such a top class service."


And seconding her nomination, Nigel said:


"Mary has tremendous empathy and compassion for the vulnerable. She brings a brightness and warmth to often difficult situations working tirelessly for a better future. This has been a real asset to the quality services we have been able to provide and great role model for the new undergraduates."


On hearing of her nomination Mary said:


"It was with shock, amazement and delight that I read your letter about my Award. It is such an honour to be considered suitable for this accolade."


Nominate your dental hero: BDA Honours and Awards

Nominations are now open for next year's honours, if you know someone who has gone that extra mile in service to the profession or the BDA, please let us know.


Winners of this years awards will receive their honour at the official Honours and Awards dinner during the British Dental Conference and Exhibition in May 2016.

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