Tagged with: Adult Stories

  • 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’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.

  • 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.