Keith took part in this years Tour De Broads this Summer – all in support of CLAPA! Here he shares his reasons for choosing fundraise for us.
We discovered that my eldest son, Archie, has a bilateral cleft lip and palate at his 20 week scan (5 years ago!).
Though we discovered there are NHS care teams for cleft patients and operations available, this came as a shock to me and my partner, just as it would to any expectant parent.
Archie has needed four operations so far, from being as young as 12 weeks old and there will be more to come from the age of 7+ through to adulthood. He’ll also need support from speech therapists, and plastic surgeons.
The support we have had from the cleft team has been second to none. We’ve had feeding equipment and information to help us along until the first corrective operation and CLAPA were there to provide this equipment and information, and to provide support to the cleft team, the parents, and every affected child in the UK.
I’ve been taking part in the Tour De Broads this summer to raise funds for CLAPA. This consists of four cycling events. I have completed the Southwold 50 miler cycle ride on Sunday 8th April, a 100 miler event in May, a Lynn 75 mile cycle ride at the end of May, and another Broads 100 in August.