Lyndsey

Hey, I’m Lyndsey and was born in 1989 with an unilateral cleft lip and palate. Treatment started at Great Ormond Street, moving to Poole Hospital in 1994. By age 20 I had undergone over 15 operations; a mix of repair work to both the cleft and palate, operations to improve the appearance of my upper lip and nose, jaw revision, and several sets of grommets and/or tea tubes thrown in for good measure. Alongside this, I also received five years’ worth of maxillofacial treatment.

I believe being born with a Cleft bought out an incredibly fiery determination. I wanted to prove that having a Cleft would never hold me back from achieving, exploring and enjoying every opportunity life gave me. I started my working life as a PA in London however something more adventurous was calling. I joined the RAF five years ago and have since enjoyed the military life with plenty of Adventure Training, Shooting, Skiing, travelling and a great social scene. Since joining I have become a keen Powerlifter, representing the RAF and competing at national and international level. Aside from the military, I enjoy cycling, dancing and volunteering with CLAPA, the Air Cadet Organisation and for my local council’s Youth Service/Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. I live with my boyfriend, enjoying life by the seaside.

Always happy to chat, encourage, support and be a listening ear to adults and young people 🙂