The True Power of a Smile: Tomos Lavery’s Story

Sing2Smile 1Tomos Lavery and his sister Ffion started Sing 2 Smile, an organisation raising money for Smile Train by showcasing young and exciting musicians across the UK.

How did you become involved with Smile Train and why?
My sister Ffion and I wanted to put our passion for singing to good use. As a dentist, I learned about cleft lips and palates whilst studying for my degree and I know that for a small amount of money it was possible to give hope and confidence to these children. That is when we started the idea for Sing 2 Smile concerts.

What motivates you to keep supporting Smile Train?
Being able to put on concerts with friends and fellow musicians has been extremely enjoyable. We’ve had fantastic support from our local communities, family, and friends. One highlight was meeting other fundraisers and supporters of Smile Train at the House of Lords. It’s wonderful to know that together we are making a difference and helping put a smile back on so many children’s faces.

How have the events gone?
We are working hard to achieve our aim of 35 surgeries. On Saturday 13 June, we put on a classical concert in Rye, East Sussex, raising enough to support 23 cleft surgeries. If you missed the concert, you are still able to donate on the website at sing2smile.org! What’s exciting is that this is just the beginning, and there are many more concerts to come, all over the UK.

What makes you smile?
Since I was 8, I’ve loved going to see Chelsea Football Club as a season ticket holder. I never miss a home game if I can help it, enjoying the good days and the bad ones. I also love the passion and pride of being Welsh at the Millennium Stadium for the 6 Nations, singing the national anthem as loud as I possibly can!

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