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New scheme supporting medically retired Royal Marines with free dental care

Coming back to civilian life after leaving the services, not through choice but through disability caused in the line of duty, can be a challenging period for a former Royal Marine and the adjustment may be fraught with hurdles and disappointments.  One example that has been receiving attention recently is the offer to the hundred or so medically discharged Royal Marines leaving annually, who have been kept dentally fit by the Armed Forces, a choice of free dental care in the community where they settle.  Now, sympathetic dental practices can join a national scheme, The C Group and SmileStar former-Marine Dental Care Campaign, to help some of those former Royal Marine personnel with free basic dental care for life.  Already more than sixty practices around the UK are signed up to the scheme.

The inspiring scheme is being run by The C Group, a Royal Marines charity whose mission is mobilise the business community to support the Royal Marines together with Smilestar Ltd, an organisation pending charitable status based in Devon. Royal Marines applicants will be introduced to the scheme through the normal resettlement process and those who are interested will be passed through to SmileStar for appropriate administration and details of their nearest participating practice. The scheme, the idea of Dr Mitesh Badiani, Principal dentist at the Devon Dental Centre of Excellence, is to be launched from his Ashburton based practice on June 22nd at 10.00am. 

Colonel Hutton, the Chief Executive of The C Group, who has supported the scheme from its inception, explained “Coming home and trying to settle into normal life is harder than people imagine and routine procedures such as going to a dentist can be immensely daunting.  What Dr Badiani and his network of supporting dentists are offering is choice. A man can decide whether to go with the NHS system or take the opportunity to receive basic private dental care for free. This is a great offer and will help those who live in areas where NHS surgeries are working at capacity or where travel requirements may be excessive. There are numerous reasons to help these men who have served their country so bravely.  This scheme will offer an extra helping hand to aid their rehabilitation. Practices around the country are signing up to the scheme to help in their area – we’ve been totally overwhelmed by the support the campaign is receiving already.”  

At the launch of the scheme, on June 22nd in Ashburton, presentations will be given by Colonel Jim Hutton of the Royal Marines and Dr Badiani.  Sixty practices around the country have already joined the scheme including the Devon Dental Centre of Excellence, the Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence and other Devon based practices such as Totnes’s Riverview Dental and Bovey Tracey’s Quality Dental Care.  

Interested practices can find out more or register by calling Sam Cutts, Smilestar at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01364654070.  They will be asked to accept up to ten registered ‘Medically Discharged’ former Royal Marines personnel and offer them free routine treatment, including check-ups, fillings and extractions for as long as it is required.  Once the Royal Marine’s C-Group receives a request from an appropriate marine, they will be in touch with SmileStar.  Details of the nearest participating practice can then be given to that particular marine who will then make contact with the practice with all appropriate information.  Practices from all around the UK, particularly in areas with strong links to the Royal Marines, are being encouraged to express an interest and request further details.

For further information please contact: Sam Cutts, Smilestar at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01364654070

16 June 2010

Notes for Editors:

SmileStar Ltd  Company No. 07180875 was started by Mitesh Badiani BDS in order to help support rural villagers in India , Kenya and Uganda as well as providing free basic dental care to medically discharged Marines. Smilestar is awaiting charitable status.

Mitesh Badiani is Principal Dentist at The Devon Dental Centre of Excellence in Ashburton Devon.  For more information contact: Sam Cutts, SmileStar Ltd. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or
call 01364654070.

The C Group, founded in May 2008, was the brain-child of Major General Andy Salmon, CMG OBE, the then Commandant of the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines.  The purpose of the charity is to raise awareness and generate practical support throughout the business community for Royal Marines, particularly those who are suffering the long-term effects of injuries sustained on operations.  The C Group is registered as a charity nested under the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, Charity Number 1134205-2.

Medically discharged Royal Marines interested in the programme should contact their Resettlement officer or The Executive Secretary of The C Group, Elli Govier at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via The C Group website at .


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