Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week 2022

7th - 15th May

Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week: The Cleft Journey

7th – 15th May 2022

This year’s theme, ‘The Cleft Journey’, will explore how the impact of a cleft goes far beyond the first repair surgery. We’ll be asking you to share key moments from your cleft journey, and sharing resources to help get everyone talking about cleft.

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Thank you to CLAPA volunteer Bronwen for this lovely video about her cleft journey.

Three ways to get involved this May

  1. Share our posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with your friends and family.
  2. Share your cleft journey using our top tips.
  3. Step Up for CLAPA by taking part in our community-wide fundraising challenge.

Get Involved

  • Get Involved

    There are so many ways you can support CLAPA this May. Can you help us continue to bring the cleft community together?

  • Spread the Word

    Help us spread the word, share your story with #mycleftjourney this May, and remember – the smallest act like clicking ‘share’ or even liking a post can have a big impact!

  • Step Up for CLAPA

    Join our feel-good fundraising challenge this May by pledging your step count and telling your story. Sign up today to get a stack of CLAPA merchandise to launch your fundraising page!

  • Tell Your Story

    What moments of your cleft journey stand out the most? Share the story behind your smile this May.

  • Louise's Story: Diagnosis

    "The scan date arrived, and although I was excited to see our baby again, I was so scared they were going to tell me something was wrong. When the sonographer scanned his face and noticed he had a cleft lip and probable cleft palate, I burst into tears and said 'I knew it'."

  • Hannah's Story: Feeding

    "The first time he took a full feed from his bottle after 6 days, I cried with happiness. In the corner of the room with all the machines of tiny babies beeping, the nurses chatting in the background, the only people in the room are me and my amazing little boy."

  • Beth's Story: Raising Awareness

    “When I was younger I thought I was the only one and I’d think ‘Why have I got this?’ Meeting other people like me makes me happy and feel not alone.”

  • Jenny's Story: Growing Up

    "I don’t let my cleft define me, and now I am older I have found a confidence I never had before, and do things I never thought possible, including having a photoshoot – not once, but twice! I loved every moment and told myself that I deserve this just as much as anyone else."

We rely on the kindness and generosity of the community to help us provide services beyond the hospital walls and make sure every child born with a cleft can grow up smiling inside and out. Can you help us be there for every child, adult and family in need?

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