Operation Smile provides free reconstructive surgery to children and young adults suffering from facial deformities, in particular cleft lip and cleft palates. 5000 highly skilled medical volunteers give up their time free of charge to travel across the world to perform life changing surgery. A cleft lip repair can take just 45 minutes and costs as little as £150.
How to help
Blue Peter’s unique campaign invites viewers to help the charity save costs by assisting with the production of surgical gowns. Gowns can be made from a new or used children’s t-shirts by following these simple steps:
- Mark a line down the centre of the t-shirt
- Mark three locations for ties
- Cut along the line central line
- Stitch ribbon ties into place
Access Self Storage drop off points
Access Self Storage is providing storage for all the gowns made by viewers. Drop off points will be positioned at each of the 53 stores across Great Britain and the public will be invited to drop in their donations during opening hours (which can be found on www.AccessStorage.com). The campaign runs from November through December.
20,000 will receive help
Operation Smile has chosen a site is Guwahati in India where hundreds of patients are known to need surgery. It costs Operation Smile £3.00 to produce 1 child’s gown, and 20,000 children receive gowns. If Blue Peter viewers produce these 20,000 gowns, this will result in a cost saving of £60,000, which will pay for all the medical equipment, supplies and resources needed to provide more than 300 children with life changing surgery.
Fred Taylor, Operations Director at Access Self Storage, said: "We are delighted to be able to support this hugely important campaign. We hope our stores will be filled to bursting with viewer’s handy work. To make a difference to even one child’s life would make it all worthwhile but we hope that everyone will get behind the campaign so that we can be part of helping many, many more."
With over 20 years of experience in the self storage industry, Access is one of the UK’s leading providers. We already have several million square feet of secure storage space, and further expansion is scheduled in high profile, easy to reach locations.