Bridging the gap...

Help CLEFT to bridge the gap and make a difference.

Who are we?

Cleft is a charity which aims to research the unanswered problems in improving care for children born with cleft lip and palate.

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Our next major project…

Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) is a powerful diagnostic tool, routinely used in hospitals – but not yet on cleft patients. The aim of this project is to use MRI to improve our understanding of the palate anatomy and to improve diagnostic tools and techniques. The results will aid surgeons in cleft repairs and enable more accurate diagnosis of errors in speech.

£120,000 to raise…

We really need your support to fund this next project… your support changes lives!

CLEFT is working with surgeons at the National Institute of Burns and Plastic Surgery (associated with Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh) to establish a multidisciplinary, comprehensive cleft and craniofacial centre. We have been greatly encouraged by the support offered by The Emirates Airlines Foundation, who have generously agreed to fund 10 return air fares for medical personnel over the next year.

We believe that this centre can act as a model for a revolution in cleft care in Bangladesh. Truly comprehensive cleft care involves a great deal more than one or two operations in infancy. Patients in the UK are cared for by all the specialists in the cleft team, from birth to adulthood. We want to ensure that, in the future, babies born with a cleft in Bangladesh have the same opportunities as those in the UK.

£217,000 to raise…

This amount will support CLEFT's 3 year strategic plan for Bangladesh.


Many of the cleft patients CLEFT has helped have kindly agreed to have their stories told on our website.

Thanks to them we can share their experiences with you. It is very satisfying for the medical teams and parents to see how far they have come since their initial diagnosis with a cleft.

Success Stories

Kirstie's story…

Before Kirstie's treatment After Kirstie's treatment

Kirstie had a unilateral cleft of her lip and palate. Her lip was repaired at the age of 3 months and her palate at 6 months.

Her Story

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Donate to CLEFT by texting CLFT05 £5 to 70070. You can also donate £10 by texting CLFT07 £10 to 70070.

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Moonlight Colourthon Southend 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 The Moonlight Colourthon is a half marathon evening walk along the Essex coastline along the cliff tops of Southend and then through picturesque Old Leigh.

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