Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds, officially opened Moira Wong Orthodontics and more than £1000 was raised on the night to support a local charity, Borne.
The Mayor, who is a strong supporter of local business growth, gave her blessing for the new business in Kensington Church Street, W8. Trained and still practising as a nurse alongside her political career, Councillor Maighread said she was concerned about a lack of specialist health services in the area.
“We need dentists in the local area a lot, especially highly-skilled orthodontists. Children often have to travel quite far, all the way up to the West End so it means a lot to the community when finally they have a local orthodontist to go to,” said the Councillor.
The Mayor also praised Dr Wong, the practice’s owner, as an exceptionally skilled consultant trained orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.
She said: “I’m pleased that our children in the area from now on are in the great care of Dr Wong […] There are lots of primary and nursery schools in Kensington so this opening will certainly bring more convenience for parents living locally.”
On the night, Dr Wong also had a raffle and successfully raised more than £1000 for Chelsea-based charity Borne, to support its ongoing research into premature birth.
Professor Mark Johnson, the founder of Borne, said: “The charity strives to change the lives of mothers and babies by reducing the incidence of premature births. However, in order to do this, we need support to carry out our work and research.”
“The funds raised in the event today mean so much to us, as it shows the ongoing commitment of the local people and community. Certainly, it gives us more encouragement on our journey to help prevent disability and death in childbirth and create lifelong health for mothers and babies,” said Professor Johnson.
One of Dr Wong’s patients and event attendee, actress Beatie Edney of Highlander and currently in BBC One’s Poldark, thanked the doctor for transforming her life by giving her a better and brighter smile.