Tagged with:Children & Young People's Stories

  • Ellamae’s Story

    17 Nov 2022

    We introduce our guest blogger, Ellamae, who was born with a bilateral cleft lip and tongue tie. She shared her amazing story with us and the challenges she faced in pursuing her dream career in performance.

  • Claudia’s Story

    14 Nov 2022

    My name is Claudia, and I am 20 years old; I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. I was discharged from cleft treatment during the pandemic and re-admitted a year later for another surgery. But being discharged was such a weird time in my life, and I was not sure how to feel.

  • 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.

  • Three girls stand next to each other and wear blue CLAPA t shirts while smiling at the camera.

    Lucy, Keira and Lily’s Presentation for CLAPA

    20 May 2021

    Lucy, Keira and Lily recently secured an incredible £3,000 grant for CLAPA after delivering a winning presentation for the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). Here, they tell us how their presentation went, and why they chose CLAPA!

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

    16 May 2021

    This Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week,

  • Hesed’s Story

    3 Mar 2021

    Hesed was born with a cleft lip and palate and experienced difficulties with his speech for the first few years of his life. Now older and propelled on by quarantine, Hesed has recently created his very own YouTube channel called 'When Kids Talk' (with support from mum and dad)! Here's his story so far, as told by him.

  • Poppy’s Story

    12 Nov 2020

    10 year old Poppy, who was born with a cleft and Pierre Robin Sequence, recently placed 4th in the English School Nationals for running! She is sharing her story to inspire others to follow their dreams and do what they love.

  • Izzie’s Story

    12 Mar 2020

    Keen gymnast Izzie decided to take on a 'Three Giants' challenge a few months ago to raise money for CLAPA! She raised an incredible £280 and we are so inspired by her determination. Here’s her story.

  • Hollie-Grace’s Story

    25 Nov 2019

    After experiencing terrible bullying at her old school, Hollie-Grace discovered a love for running which has boosted her confidence and self-belief. She hopes to encourage others to believe in themselves and know they can achieve anything, regardless of their differences. Hollie-Grace's mum, Nikki, kindly shared her story with CLAPA following an interview on ITV news.

  • Comics from the Children & Young People’s Council

    16 Oct 2019

    With the help of comic artist Kev Sutherland, CLAPA's Children and Young People's Council have created a comic book for young people born with a cleft.