Tagged with: Your Stories

  • #MyCleftStory a year on, through the eyes of Casper’s mummy

    8 May 2019

    "What did that mean?  Did that mean Casper would need more palate surgery?  Did that mean Casper’s speech would still not develop?  Again, I was overwhelmed and hit by a pang of too many emotions and my role of mummy being tested." In honour of Awareness Week, Jemma shared with CLAPA her experiences with her son, Casper over the past year.

  • 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.

  • Kayleigh’s Story

    14 Sep 2018

    "The truth is you never really know what your baby will look like until they are placed in your arms. I’m not going to sit here and lie, I was nervous about seeing her for the first time, but I had nothing to worry about. She was and still is absolutely perfect, cleft lip, cleft palate and gum notch included, this little girl was amazing, and I fell in love with her and her perfect imperfection instantly."

  • 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.

  • Carol’s Story

    3 Sep 2018

    Carol was born in 1948 with a cleft palate. In this short interview with CLAPA she shares how her confidence has grown over the years, and how she has moved on from being nervous about her speech to facing the crowds with confidence as a spoken word performer.

  • Keith in his hometown

    Keith’s Story

    20 Aug 2018

    As part of this short interview with CLAPA, Keith explains how he approaches confidence issues that can come with being born with a cleft, how his surgeries have affected the person he is today, and how grateful he is to the people he has met along the way.