For just £150 you can provide free surgery that will change a child’s life forever.
For just £150 you can provide free surgery that will change a child’s life forever.
We are grateful for all donations, no matter what amount and we promise to use them to help the world’s poorest children.
Cheques or money orders should be made out to Smile Train UK.
Donations from the UK: Smile Train UK, York House, Wetherby Road, York, YO26 7NH.
Smile Train UK: York House, Wetherby Road, York, YO26 7NH.
Smile Train World Headquarters: 633 Third Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
Yes. Our registered charity number in the UK is 1114748
If you are a UK taxpayer and would like Smile Train UK to reclaim tax on all donations you make, you must pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax at least equal to the tax that Smile Train UK reclaims on your donation in the appropriate tax year. Currently 25p for every pound you give. You must indicate on the donation form that you would like your donation to receive Gift Aid when making the donation.
As long as you provide an address with your donation, we’ll send you a receipt.
Smile Train is a member in good standing of the Fundraising Standards Board and meets all of the FRSB criteria.
For more information on how to make a stock donation, please contact Maria Dumitrescu at [email protected].
Yes, if you'd like to make a donation using PayPal, please visit our online donation form and select PayPal under 'How Would You Like to Pay?'
Your solicitor will need the information below:
Official Organisation Name: Smile Train UK
Address: York House, Wetherby Road, York, YO26 7NH
Phone:0300 303 9630
Registered Charity No. 1114748
Registered Company No. 05738962
Please call us at 0300 303 9630
You can contact your HR department to find the rules and related forms required to participate.
Visit our JustGiving page.
Our latest Annual Reports and Financial information is available on our Financials page.
Smile Train is actively seeking monthly supporters via face-to-face fundraising. We are currently recruiting monthly donors in a Private Site campaign in the London area. This method of fundraising has proven to be effective in introducing people to our work. We understand that this fundraising technique may raise some questions, and the information below is intended to answer them.
This type of communication allows you to engage one-on-one with a Smile Train fundraiser. A Smile Train fundraising representative will speak to you in order to explain more about our work. These representatives will also collect donations via direct debit. This type of communication allows you to speak directly to a knowledgeable Smile Train fundraising representative about ways to get involved with Smile Train, and will allow you to donate with confidence – knowing that your gift will be put to use to help provide children with new smiles.
How will I know if they are a legitimate Smile Train fundraising representative?
Fundraising representatives will:
Is my information confidential?
Yes, all financial information is confidential. Donating through our face-to-face fundraising program is an effective way to support Smile Train’s mission. Smile Train and our vendors are all compliant with regulations for financial data security and meet industry regulations related to face-to-face fundraising.
I donated through the face-to-face fundraising program. How do I make a change to my donation?
Please contact us on 0300 303 9630 or email us at [email protected]. Be sure to mention that you donated with one of our Private Site fundraisers. You will need to provide your name, address, contact information and donation information.
Who is conducting fundraising on behalf of Smile Train?
In order to provide as many surgeries as quickly as possible, Smile Train suggests that all donations be unrestricted. However; if restricting your gift to a specific country is important to you, please contact us at 0300 303 9630 or [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
In order to provide as many surgeries as quickly as possible, Smile Train helps every child that comes to us, regardless of sex. We are unable to restrict donations to a specific gender.
A few months after your donation we will send you a picture and a story of a child we were able to help following your donation. Hopefully you can display the photo in your home as a happy reminder that there is a child smiling today thanks to you.
All of the children you see in our advertisements have received the surgery they need. We will use your donation to help a child who is desperately poor and who would otherwise never be helped. Your support will have a very dramatic, immediate and permanent impact on a life.
Smile Train does not release contact information for the children that we help to maintain their privacy and uphold their patient confidentiality.
We test the results of all our advertising and our research and analysis demonstrates that advertisements that include only before photos significantly increases the amount of money we raise to help these children.
We would love to involve you as a volunteer so you can hold a special fundraising event for us. We will send you a fundraising kit and give you advice and tips along the way. Whether it is sending an email to all your friends, introducing us to your employer or clients, or hosting a fundraising event, any and all help you can give us is greatly appreciated. To request a fundraising kit, email [email protected].
Customisable fundraising pages can be created on JustGiving. You can upload pictures, descriptions of your fundraising event, see who donated, post comments and updates, and set up a personalised URL to link to your social media page. To create your customisable online fundraising page, log into JustGiving and you will be guided through the process.
You can read Smile Train's mission here.
Smile Train was founded in 1999. Since then, Smile Train has grown into the world’s leading cleft charity, helping over 1,000,000 desperately poor children with clefts, training thousands of medical professionals and establishing hundreds of programmes in the world’s poorest countries.
Smile Train does not sell or share donor details with anyone.
Smile Train is committed to providing free cleft surgery to the poorest people in the world and each step Smile Train makes is dependent on voluntary funding through fundraising and we are committed to the highest standards.
We operate within fundraising guidelines set down by the Charity Commission, the Institute of Fundraising, and the Fundraising Standard Board and strive to ensure all our fundraising activity is open, fair, effective, and honest.
If you have any concerns about a Smile Train fundraising activity, dislike the way you have been asked for a donation or are in any other way dissatisfied about our fundraising - please get in touch.
Step 1 - Tell us about your concerns
The easiest way is to contact a Smile Train team member. They will respond to issues around Smile Train’s direct marketing fundraising (such as mailings, telephone calls), but you can also contact them about any aspect of Smile Train’s fundraising. You can contact the team:
Step 2 - Make a formal complaint
To make a formal complaint about any aspect of Smile Train’s fundraising activities, contact the Senior Donor Development Officer:
Step 3 - Contact the independent Fundraising Standards Board
Fundraising Standards Board
65 Brushfield Street
A cleft is a birth defect and often the #1 birth defect in most developing countries. A cleft lip is an opening in the upper lip between a newborn's mouth and nose. A cleft palate is created when the roof of the mouth has a hole in it. Babies can be born with a cleft lip or palate or both.
Babies are born with clefts everywhere in the world including the UK, but you seldom see untreated clefts in the UK and the West because they are treated soon after birth. Clefts are usually NOT treated in developing countries because most of the families are too poor to afford surgery and the government will not provide free surgery.
Instead of doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that, like many charities, Smile Train decided to choose one specific problem that affects children and try to solve it.
We chose clefts because:
Smile Train works in the poorest countries in the world. View a list of our worldwide medical partners and programmes.
Virtually all children in the UK are covered by the NHS. Your local accredited craniofacial/cleft team can help you figure out not only what treatment is needed.
Our website has the names and contact information for accredited cleft teams in the UK, PLUS we have thousands of pages of invaluable articles, medical information, resources and links for cleft patients and their families.
Many of the experts in the cleft world are actively investigating etiology and prevention of cleft. We support their work and hope one day they will find a solution. For now, we know there are many factors, including genetics, family history, environment and nutrition which may increase or decrease the likelihood of cleft lip/palate. A few studies have found a potential link between folic acid and cleft lip and/or palate, whereas others have found no correlation. What we do know is that folic acid plays a critical role in embryonic development, before and after conception. Clefts develop very early in the first trimester, and many women may not even know they are pregnant when the cleft is formed, making early intervention difficult. While Smile Train does not have a folic acid distribution program, we work to raise awareness about cleft and treat cleft through surgery and ancillary treatment such as speech therapy and orthodontic treatment.
We use all kinds of proprietary technology to save money and do things faster, cheaper and smarter. Instead of mailing patient charts all over the world we built a digital patient database called Smile Train Express that's on the Web. Our partners upload all of their patient records to us via the Web, which not only saves millions in shipping, handling and storage costs, but also allows us to review and monitor the quality of their work.
When Smile Train was founded in 1999, we were only able to offer the initial surgery, but as we have expanded and our resources have grown, we are very happy to be able to provide not only free follow-up surgeries, but also speech therapy at a number of our partner hospitals. As the children get older, they sometimes need follow-up surgery as their bodies and mouths develop and therefore we do provide free surgery for the children that have already been through our programmes.