News and updates from across every CLAPA region

  • A letter from CLAPA’s Chief Executive

    23 May 2022

    CLAPA's fundraising has not recovered from the pandemic. We need 250 new regular donors by Christmas to help us continue our work in 2023 and beyond. Will you become a CLAPA Champion?

  • Parent Stories | Parents |

    Jerry-Leigh’s Story

    19 May 2022

    Charlie was diagnosed with a cleft lip & bilateral talipes at our 20-week scan; he measured a small head, which made professionals think there was more to it than what meets the eye.

  • Parent Stories | Parents |

    Theresa’s Story

    18 May 2022

    I guess our story begins where most others do. We found out our baby has a unilateral cleft lip & palate at our 20-week anomaly scan. At first, Tom & I weren't really that bothered - we didn't know much about it; apart from that, it affected how a child looks and can be fixed.

  • Parent Stories | Parents |

    Rachael’s Story

    13 May 2022

    Rachael's daughter Anya was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Rachael reflects on their journey over the past year from diagnosis to lip repair surgery.

  • Adrian adult

    Adult Stories |

    Adrian’s Story

    9 May 2022

    My earliest memories are as a young child, my yearly visits to St George's Hospital Hyde Park Corner. How nervous I felt waiting to be assessed by the surgery team, hoping there would be an all-clear outcome and dreading the prospect of another operation.

  • Young Nora

    Adult Stories |

    Nora’s Story

    9 May 2022

    My first memory was going to see the plastic surgeon Dr. Tanner. He was so gifted to be able to help me and my brother James,  who had a more severe cleft lip, and palate. He was born with no palate and no top lip and almost died at birth. His story deserves to be told.

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    New Opportunity: Join the CLAPA Adult Services Focus Group (online)

    6 May 2022

    Are you passionate about the support CLAPA gives to adults born with a cleft? 

  • Stacey's little boy

    Adult Stories | Parent Stories |

    Stacey’s Story

    4 May 2022

    I'm Stacey, and I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. As a young girl, I was confident and happy, but when I got to secondary school, I was bullied about my appearance, and my self-esteem was low.

  • Miguel celebrating his 3rd Smile-versary in February 2022!

    Parent Stories |

    Natasha’s Story

    4 May 2022

    Natasha's son was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, and she shared Miguel's journey so far from surgery to speech therapy.

  • A baby asleep in a photo studio, leaning on rainbow blocks, wearing a cream dress with a cream background.

    Fundraising Stories | Parent Stories |

    Eva’s Story

    7 Apr 2022

    In February 2021, we headed off for our 20-week scan. We were so happy to be told we were expecting another girl, but a lot of silence soon followed, and the sonographer said, “I suspect little one may have a cleft lip.”