About Us

Our Patron : Carol Vorderman

"I'm very proud to be involved with CLAPA. We are the only national charity providing much needed support to thousands of children and families affected by cleft lip and palate."

Personal involvement

Carol Vorderman got involved with CLAPA because her older brother, Anton, was born with a cleft lip and palate. He went through years of treatment at Alder Hay hospital in Merseyside and life was not always easy for him or his family. He is the first to acknowledge that it was his family that carried him through all the difficult times and he is now a successful businessman based in Holland. He retains strong links with his home town, Prestatyn, in North Wales, and last year was the guest of honour at a ball put on by CLAPA Merseyside.

Carol lightheatedly tells us that her mother, Jean, is always saying that the real star in the family is Anton as he had so much to cope with when he was young and has gone on to lead a very successful and happy life.

Carol on Gameshow Marathon

At the end of 2005 Carole Vorderman won Ant and Dec’s Gameshow marathon, for CLAPA! As part of its 50 year celebrations ITV ran a series of the nation’s favourite game shows, featuring celebrities, all competing for the great honour of being the Gameshow marathon winner and raising money for the charity of their choice.

The first of these was The Price is Right, which Carol convincingly won to go through to the semi final, Play your Cards Right. The nail-biting finish led to Carol going through to the final, which was Family Fortunes. It was great to have Carol’s family joining her for this, including her brother Anton, who has a cleft lip and palate.

The Vorderman family was victorious and Carol was then allowed the chance to ‘double her money’. This proved to be a nail biting finale but Carol managed it – and won the grand total of £60,000 for CLAPA.

We are truly grateful for this amazing contribution and thank Carol for nominating us to be her charity for the marathon, raising much needed money as well as awareness in the condition.