Tagged with:Children & Young People's Stories

  • Sophie’s Story

    10 May 2024

    “Throughout my life, I have attended many hospital appointments, and so far, I have had four operations. I have struggled to find people to talk to who know what I am going through and how to help. This can cause me to feel isolated, as I don’t know whether other people feel the same as I do, however with CLAPA I know that there is always someone to talk to who has been through what I have.”

  • Coen’s Charity Auction

    13 Sep 2023

    We are saying a big thank you to Coen (aged seven) for raising an incredible £2,342.50 by selling his artwork at a charity auction.

  • Grace’s Fundraising Story

    17 Aug 2023

    Congratulations to Grace, who raised £340 by completing the Great North 10k. We caught up with Grace about her inspiration to fundraise for CLAPA.

  • Help CLAPA Raise £5,500 for Residential Weekends

    8 Aug 2023

    CLAPA’s free-of-charge Residential Weekends are a unique chance for young people born with a cleft to meet others like them, make friends, build confidence, and learn new skills.

  • Our Amazing CYPC and Volunteers Step Up for Cleft Lip and Palate

    19 May 2023

    Today we celebrate our wonderful Children and Young People's Council (CYPC) and volunteers for raising nearly £1,000 for CLAPA.

  • Speech and Language Therapist Lucy Southby

    23 Mar 2023

    My name is Lucy Southby. I am a speech and language therapist and a researcher; I can be known as a Clinical Academic Speech and Language Therapist.

  • World Teen Mental Wellness Day

    1 Mar 2023

    To raise awareness on World Teen Mental Wellness Day, we welcome our guest blogger Claudia who shares her experiences of mental health and self-care.

  • 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.