Gold for kids – a small amount makes a difference

03 February, 2022 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

Dental scrap metal is possibly not currently top of your practice agenda. What does the money that you occasionally receive on unwanted or broken crowns, bridges, PFMs, PFGs or other precious or semi-precious material mean to you?

To some children it can mean the chance of a better life. There are more than 4.5 million children living in poverty in the UK.

Most dentists and dental professionals are unaware of the huge potential that the combined value of removed restorations represents. A new charity has been set up by two dentists who believe that patients, professionals and the public can be united in the belief that this money could be better used for the greater good – to help the many children’s charities across the UK in their vital work.

Gold For Kids Co-Founder, Leticia Casanova said, “My friend Kimberly MacGregor and I have always looked for ways in which we could do more to give back to our communities. As parents, the welfare of children always struck a chord with us – we were looking for a way that we could help many of the deserving causes out there.

“And that is how Gold For Kids was born – a way for dental practices who are driven by their values to make a difference – collecting and turning restorations into cash for children’s charities. We hope that many more people in the dental industry will become involved, and in turn, we can raise more much needed money to donate to crucial children’s charities.”

How does it work?

  1. Use their insured, pre-paid envelopes to send restorations (and jewellery) to their secure storage facilities.
  2. Gold for Kids send the donations to a metal refinery to be processed. The melts recover the precious metals and turn them into bars, which are then sold to leading jewellery industry traders for cash.
  3. This is then donated to selected children’s charities dedicated to improving the wellbeing and prospects of children in need. As a registered charity, we can reclaim gift aid on donations from UK taxpayers, increasing their value by 20 per cent.

To download a registration form and become a supporter of Gold For Kids, please visit

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