Tagged with:Adult Stories

  • Michelle’s Story

    12 Nov 2021

    Michelle was born with a cleft lip and palate and sees donating to CLAPA as a legacy she’ll leave behind for others with similar experiences. We caught up with her to hear more about her journey and her reasons for supporting our work.

  • Michael’s Story

    28 May 2021

    In reflecting on his 20 years of treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Michael, who was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, composed two music pieces of music: his Great Ormond Street Hymn, and Symphony No.1. Click to learn about his cleft journey and find out why he wanted to write music. 

  • Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week 2021: Thank You!

    16 May 2021

    This Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week,

  • Sophy’s Taskmaster For CLAPA

    22 Jan 2021

    Inspired by her favourite TV show, 'Taskmaster', Sophy decided to get her friends and family involved with CLAPA by organising a very fun and creative fundraiser! We caught up with her to find out how it all went.

  • Susan’s story

    23 Jun 2020

    Following an unsuccessful surgery when she was very young, Susan attempted to have her cleft palate repaired by surgeons many times throughout her life. It wasn't until she was in her 40s when this finally happened. Here's her incredible story.

  • Jenny on beach in CLAPA hoodie

    Jenny’s 73 mile walk!

    15 May 2020

    Since she first got involved with CLAPA in 2012, Jenny has put out collection cans, organised cake sales and raffles, and has even worn a blue onesie at work to fundraise! We caught up with her to find out more about her most recent challenge for CLAPA.

  • Stav and Despina’s story

    7 May 2020

    Since meeting through CLAPA's Adult Voices Facebook group a few years ago, Stav and Despina have formed a formidable, powerful friendship. We are honoured to share their beautiful story this Awareness Week.

  • Naomi & Oliver’s Story

    3 Oct 2019

    This World Smile Day, CLAPA welcomes 'Jamestown' Actress Naomi Battrick as our Ambassador. Here, she shares her memories of supporting longtime friend Oliver through one of the many cleft-related surgeries he went through.

  • Sarah’s Story

    20 Sep 2019

    During those formative years, I was in and out of GOSH for surgical procedures, either on my bladder or to correct my facial differences. In 1982 I had some of some bone marrow taken from my hip and grafted into the gap left by the cleft.

  • Eleanor’s Story!

    5 Jun 2019

    Eleanor, now in her early 20s, volunteers for CLAPA by helping to run Residential Weekends for young people born with a cleft. From adventure activities and team games to the opportunity to relax and have fun with others who have similar experiences, these weekends are aimed at tackling the isolation that can sometimes come with being born with a cleft.