The Welsh Centre for Cleft Lip & Palate is ‘Stepping Up for Cleft Lip and Palate’ this May

April 19, 2023

The Welsh Centre for Cleft Lip & Palate is ‘Stepping Up for Cleft Lip and Palate’ this year.

As a team, they will walk the equivalent distance from their Centre in Morriston Hospital, Swansea, to the CLAPA’s small office in London, which houses our feeding service. The total distance is 190 miles, and for each mile, they should walk 2,000 steps, which means 380,000 steps during Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness week.

Medical Secretary, Debs, told us, “As a Cleft Team, we are aware of the support CLAPA provides to families of those born with a cleft lip and/or palate, and CLAPA urgently needs our help to keep their vital services going.

“My son was born with a bilateral cleft. He had treatment with the amazing Welsh cleft team, so since I joined the team a couple of years ago, I have taken on the role of getting everyone involved and enthusiastic for Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week, as CLAPA is a huge support to all families within the cleft community.

“Three babies are born with a cleft every day in the United Kingdom. It can have an ongoing impact on feeding, speech, hearing, teeth placement, and more. The treatment pathway is 20+ years, and many babies have their first surgery at just three months old.

“The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) is the only national support charity for people affected by cleft in the UK. They support people from the moment of diagnosis with reassurance, information, and a welcoming community. They ensure no one affected by cleft in the UK goes through their journey alone.

CLAPA needs your help to continue to reach hundreds of families and adults in need each year. As a small charity, every pound counts.”

Thanks so much to the Welsh team for taking part. Do you think you can take on the challenge this Awareness Week? Register today to get stepping!

Step Up for Cleft Lip and Palate

Visit the Team’s Fundraising Page