BADN celebrates 80 years of supporting dental nurses with virtual afternoon tea
BADN, the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, celebrates 80 years of supporting dental nurses in 2020 – but its planned celebrations had to be put on hold because of the COVID pandemic.
“We had several events planned” said BADN President Jacqui Elsden “but these have all – including the Anniversary Afternoon Tea at the NEC Hilton in May – had to be postponed.
“However, dental nurses are resilient and resourceful – so we decided to hold a “virtual” afternoon tea via Zoom, where we could “present” our long service badges and also the 2020 BADN Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing Professional Practice Award.”
Almost 100 dental nurses who signed up for the Tea were sent a box containing a commemorative booklet on afternoon tea, teabags and a chocolate brownie with the BADN logo from EatMyLogo.
Guests were able to participate in two competitions – an online Quiz, organized and hosted by BADN’s Adam Skalski where guests were able to answer questions via a downloaded phone app, won by Rebecca Silver who received an £80 voucher for afternoontea.co.uk; and a baking competition won by Sasha Twyford.
Long service membership badges were presented to:
25 years service badges
- Sherilee Bannerjee (25 years)
20 years service badges
15 years service badges
- Mandy Sheraton (15 years)
10 years service badges
5 years service badges
The 2020 BADN Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing Professional Practice Award was presented to Dr Debbie Reed, who had, the previous day, delivered the webinar hosted by CSM – organisers of The Dentistry Show – on the history of dental nursing.
Dr Debbie Reed
England CDO Sara Hurley described the Tea as:
"a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, a celebration of talent and innovation in bringing together an awesome group of women from across the UK. It is an honour and a privilege to be involved with such a dynamic group of individuals."
BADN would like to thank the sponsors of the Tea – Purple Media for sponsoring the booklet, Blue Orchid Hotels for sponsoring the teabags and Parliament Hill for sponsoring the Quiz prize, and CSM for hosting the pre-Tea webinar.
BADN hopes to be able to hold its AGM and Drinks Reception in central London in early November 2020, depending on circumstances.