Tagged with:Adult Stories

  • Nathan’s Story

    31 May 2022

    Michelle's son Nathan was born with a cleft lip and palate. She shares how proud she is of him throughout his journey, from multiple surgeries and following his dream career.

  • Adrian adult

    Adrian’s Story

    9 May 2022

    My earliest memories are as a young child, my yearly visits to St George's Hospital Hyde Park Corner. How nervous I felt waiting to be assessed by the surgery team, hoping there would be an all-clear outcome and dreading the prospect of another operation.

  • Young Nora

    Nora’s Story

    9 May 2022

    My first memory was going to see the plastic surgeon Dr. Tanner. He was so gifted to be able to help me and my brother James,  who had a more severe cleft lip, and palate. He was born with no palate and no top lip and almost died at birth. His story deserves to be told.

  • Stacey's little boy

    Stacey’s Story

    4 May 2022

    I'm Stacey, and I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. As a young girl, I was confident and happy, but when I got to secondary school, I was bullied about my appearance, and my self-esteem was low.

  • Bronwen’s Story

    8 Feb 2022

    After discovering people on YouTube talking about their own experiences of growing up with a cleft, Bronwen was inspired to set up her own channel. In talking about a range of topics, from surgery to dealing with stares and questions, she hopes to raise awareness of cleft and ensure others born with a cleft feel less alone.

  • 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.