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Smile Centre UK to Donate ’Life-Saving’ Dental Implants to Alex Higgins


Following a fund-raising event for snooker legend Alex Higgins at Manchester’s Yang Sing restaurant, Whitefield’s The Smile Centre UK has offered to donate the dental implants and dentures that close friends hope will save his life.

61-year-old Higgins lost his teeth following radiotherapy treatment for throat cancer, and has been living off baby food ever since.

As a result his weight has plummeted to just 6 stone; friends and family hope that if he gets a new set of dental implants, he’ll be able to start eating properly again.

Last night’s fund raising event was arranged by Higgins’ former PA Will Robinson, in the hope that the £20,000 required for the vital surgery could be raised from charitable donations.

Yet the event organisers got more than they bargained for when The Smile Centre UK’s Barrie Semp offered to donate the dental implants and dentures required for free.

“Higgins was such a huge snooker talent in his day” said Barrie Semp, speaking after the event, "and it’s so sad to see him suffering purely because he doesn’t have a decent set of teeth.

“I realised I was in a position to help, so I offered to donate the dentures and the implants required to help Alex get his life back on track.”

Also present at the event were fellow snooker titans John Virgo and Jimmy White.

To find out more about the campaign to help Alex Higgins, visit:

Whitefield-based The Smile Centre UK has been providing smiles to denture wearers throughout Greater Manchester, Cheshire and the UK for 20 years. For more information on denture implants visit the firm’s website


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