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  • Maz and her two children

    Maz Poole’s Story

    9 Jul 2014

    Find out about Maz Poole's experiences as the Norfolk and Suffolk Happy Faces Coordinator and a CLAPA Parent Contact.

  • My Volunteer Story: Ruth Helstrip

    17 Nov 2013

    I decided that I didn't want Will to be labelled as a child with a cleft lip and palate and therefore chose not to get involved in any way. All that changed in September 2012 when I received the latest CLAPA magazine. Inside was an interesting feature on the Young People's Council which CLAPA runs.

  • My Volunteer Story: Sarah Dennis

    13 Sep 2013

    In September 2012 I completed the one day official volunteer course in Bristol and met some amazing people who I still regularly speak to now. I like to think of CLAPA as a family, we all support each other, share our highs and our lows and offer encouragement and advice to each other.

  • The Hancock’s story

    17 Mar 2013

    "The operator told us that our baby had a cleft lip and that this maybe associated with some syndromes that may mean that the baby may not survive. The whole thing was handled rather badly. We left the hospital in a state of shock and little information."

  • Emily’s Story

    1 Mar 2013

    "We were delighted to discover we were expecting our second child in the summer of 2011. I had a fairly straightforward pregnancy and normal scans throughout. Our daughter Isabelle was born on 21st April 2012 at 00.52AM, coming quite unexpectedly on her due date. Her birth was very fast and when they handed her to me I couldn't believe how tiny she was at 5lb 9oz.

  • Andy’s Story

    15 Feb 2013

    I can't say that it has been easy, though, and we while knew we would have to do things a little different with feeding, it was a lot more than we first envisaged. In the end you just deal with it and when you get a smile like this your problems just go away!

  • My Volunteer Story: Maria Blackhurst

    13 Jan 2013

    You have to keep in the back of your mind that you can put the family in contact with people who can help and to hear or read those lovely words, ‘thank you,’ is the best reward you can receive.

  • An Adventure in Suffolk

    19 Oct 2012

    CLAPA Camp Adventure By Jenny Lancaster It is very nerve-wracking going somewhere you haven’t been to before, I admit: curiosity certainly killed my cat. But I knew that I was in for a good time –just look at all the new friends I made and you’ll see what I mean!!

  • Jemma’s Story

    13 Feb 2012

    My pregnancy was being hijacked! It wasn't the enjoyable experience I would have liked in fact it made me feel very depressed and angry I often wondered ‘why me?’ but I had to pull myself together as it wasn't just the OC and cleft to worry about, I had my beautiful little girl to look after.

  • Jayne’s Story

    13 Dec 2011

    Jayne's dad was born with a cleft lip, but it didn't cross her mind that it might affect her own children until her son Charley was born and she discovered he had one too.