Thank you for considering leaving a gift to CLAPA.

A legacy gift is when a person generously decides to give to us at the end of their lives, with the gift usually outlined in their Will.

Leaving CLAPA a gift in your Will is a wonderful and powerful gesture, allowing you to continue to help the CLEFT community even after you are no longer here.

By leaving a gift in your Will,  you can ensure CLAPA is there from the moment of diagnosis with reassuranceinformation, and a welcoming community for families, children and adults born with a cleft. Our purpose is to make sure no one affected by cleft in the UK goes through their journey alone.

What a special gift that would be.

A gift in your will

Remembering CLAPA in your will can help us plan for the future, and allows us to support the three babies born with a cleft every day in the UK plan for their future too.

After you have taken care of your loved ones, leaving a gift to CLAPA is an amazing way to support our work, and helps ensure that we can continue support, connect and empower everyone affected by cleft in the United Kingdom.

Remember you don’t have to give a lot to make an amazing difference for example you could leave CLAPA a percentage of your residual estate. Plus, legacy gifts left to charity are free from inheritance tax.

How do I remember CLAPA in my Will?

You can make a gift in your will to CLAPA by contacting a solicitor. If you do not have one, you can find one on the Law Society’s website.

However you choose to write your will, you will need to know that our full charity name is: “Cleft Lip & Plate Association (CLAPA)”, our charity number is: 1108160 and our registered address is: CLAPA, The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, LONDON, E2 9DA.

If you would like further information or if you would like to speak to someone, please contact Mikaela Conlin-Hulme (Head of Income) on 020 78334883 or at [email protected].

“My name is Jon and I was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate in 1975. My parents were very involved in CLAPA in the early days when it was run entirely by volunteers, and my mother was also involved in NAWCH (National Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital). We have been impressed to see how CLAPA has developed over the decades and the extensive work that it now undertakes through its mission to improve the lives of people born with a cleft and their families in the UK.


Both of my parents were hugely supportive of me through my cleft journey and made it very clear that having a cleft was no barrier to achieving whatever goals I have in life, a philosophy that I have held close. I have been involved with CLAPA myself since 2010, first in CLAPA’s “Adult Voices” and latterly as a Peer Supporter.


Sadly my father passed away in December 2022, eighteen months after he was diagnosed with Alzheimers Dementia. He was always very keen to support charities close to his heart, and in particular those which have touched our lives as a family. As such, my mother and I were very pleased to learn that he had decided to leave a legacy to CLAPA in his will.


I’m sure CLAPA will join me in strongly encouraging other families affected by cleft lip and/or palate to consider leaving a legacy to CLAPA, to support its work in the future.

Jon Clarke , Supporter

Help for executors of gifts in Wills

Guidance to help you manage a gift to CLAPA from a Will. Being the executor of a Will can seem overwhelming, so we have put together some information about CLAPA to help you.

Thank you for everything you are doing as guardian of such a wonderful gift!

Get in touch

If you are the executor of a Will and it includes a gift to CLAPA, please get in touch. You can contact our Head of Income, Mikaela Conlin-Hulme at [email protected] or phone 020 78334883 .

  • Executor – An executor is the person or organisation appointed to carry out the wishes of the person who has made the Will
  • Beneficiary – A beneficiary is a person or organisation who receives a gift from a Will

What we’ll ask from you

We want to help in any way we can as there are legal steps to follow and important information required by beneficiaries:

  • The name and address of the person that has given us a gift in their Will
  • A copy of the Will (or the relevant sections), where it shows the executors’ authority to act and any special wishes relating to the gift
  • The amount that has been given (or the percentage)
  • By law, executors must provide all beneficiaries with estate accounts if the gift is residuary (a percentage or portion of an estate)

Send the gift to CLAPA 

When the time comes, we can provide you with details to make a bank payment.

Alternatively, please make a cheque payable to: Cleft Lip & Plate Association and post cheques to: CLAPA, The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, LONDON, E2 9DA.

Please use reference ‘Legacy – [Surname of Deceased]’ with the bank payment or cheque to help us identify and acknowledge the gift. When we receive the funds, we will send you an acknowledgement using the details you have provided.

Remember, you can also seek legal and other professional advice to help you with your role as an executor, as well as getting basic advice from the beneficiary/charity.

Contact us

If you’re considering leaving a gift to CLAPA in your Will, have already done so or have questions a executors, we’d love to hear from you.

We understand that your Will is a personal matter and any information you provide will be treated confidentially. Please contact our Head of Income, Mikaela Conlin-Hulme at [email protected] or phone 020 78334883 .


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