Tagged with: Adult Stories

  • 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.

  • Oliver’s Story!

    31 May 2019

    “I hadn’t thought about CLAPA in years,” Oliver admits. “I used to go to the Christmas parties when I was younger and I had really nice memories of them which came back when I saw the logo, they were fun parties.” CLAPA Trustee Oliver shares his story ahead of CLAPA's 40th birthday.

  • Denise’s Story

    7 May 2019

    All the treatment was being geared up towards the operation to close Kenny’s cleft lip at 3 months of age. Initially, that operation couldn’t come quick enough, but by the time he was 3 months old, I’d grown accustomed to how he looked and was a bit fearful of the change. Our son was a smiley, happy, very content baby. It seemed wrong that he had to go through this.

  • CLAPA’s Weather Lottery Jackpot Winners Share Their Story

    31 Jan 2019

    CLAPA was thrilled to be able to thank Mary and her family so much for supporting CLAPA, presenting them with a cheque for their CLAPA's Weather Lottery winnings of £25 000. She was even kind enough to make a donation to CLAPA from her winnings.

  • Channel 4’s ‘First Dates’ Features Woman With Cleft

    10 Dec 2018

    Tonight’s episode of Channel 4's ‘First Dates’ will feature Kazzi, an adult born with a cleft. Kazzi has spoken to CLAPA about why she never lets her differences hold her back when it comes to romance.

  • #PortraitPositive: Beth & Olivia’s Stories

    20 Sep 2018

    Portrait Positive is a groundbreaking project to challenge ideas of beauty. 16 models with a visible difference, including several born with a cleft, had their portraits taken by world-renown photographer Rankin and were featured on Steven Tai's catwalk for London Fashion Week 2018.

  • Ed’s Story

    10 Sep 2018

    After Ed's amazing efforts were highlighted to us by grateful members of the CLAPA Community, we got in touch with Ed to find out if he'd like to share his story for CLAPA so that we can say a huge thank you for all his hard work.

  • David’s Story

    4 Sep 2018

    Having worked hard on his own confidence over the years, David hopes that sharing his story will help to inspire young people born with a cleft who are still finding their way.