Bridging the gap...

Help CLEFT to bridge the gap and make a difference.

Who We Are

We are a charity focused on providing permanent, sustainable, ways to improve Cleft care in both the UK and overseas. Through our sponsorship of research projects in the UK we are helping to identify the likely causes of clefts, and to find ways in which to improve the treatment and outcomes for children born with a cleft.

Overseas we help to develop and sustainably support cleft and craniofacial centres in poorer countries. We do this by working with local surgeons and other specialists, teaching them surgical techniques, providing essential surgical equipment and by helping to educate their teams about developments in cleft care and support.

Cleft, Bridging the gap…..sustainably

Registered with the Charity Commission in 2007, CLEFT has been set up by the North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Centre based at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children London, and the St Andrew's Centre, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford Essex.

The day-to-day running of the charity is overseen by a board of trustees. Applications for project funding are considered by a Research Steering Group who, with their specialist medical knowledge, make recommendations to the trustees for their final decision on grants. Funding given to support cleft teams in poorer countries are reviewed by the Overseas Steering Group who make recommendations to the trustees.

Trustees and Steering Groups


Mr Brian Sommerlad (Chairman)
Mr Martin Hickman-Ashby
Mr Mark Dwyer
Mr Richard Allan
Mrs Rosie O'Malley
Dr Emily Anderson
Dr Gwyneth Sommerlad
Mr Rory Walker
Mr Paul Morris
Mrs Janette Hollingbery
Mr Norman Hay
Dr Tracy Morris
Mr Andrew Steel

Research Steering Group

Mr Brian Sommerlad (Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Chair)
Dr Malcolm Birch (Medical Physicist)
Dr Alex Habel (Consultant Paediatrician)
Dr Melissa Lees (Consultant Geneticist)
Mr Paul Morris, (Plastic Surgeon)
Dr Debbie Sell (Specialist Speech and Language Therapist)
Dr Phil Stanier (Consultant Geneticist)
Mr Paolo di Coppi (Consultant Paediatric Surgeon)

Overseas Steering Group

Maria Pinkstone (Speech and Language Therapist)
Brij Patel (Consultant Orthodontist)
Julie Hughes (Clinical Nurse Specialist)
Dr Emily Anderson



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The Vitality London 10,000

Run through the heart of the capital for CLEFT, the Vitality London 10,000 is now established as one of London's premier running events!

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Charity Golf Day - Colchester Golf Club - 27th September 2018

Charity Golf Day – Colchester Golf Club 27th September 2018 Mark the date in your diary! Join us for a fun filled day of camaraderie as your team of four enjoys the lovely course at Colchester Golf Club. All profits go directly to CLEFT's charitable work now in its 11th year!


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