Bridging the gap...

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Who We Are

CLEFT is a charity which aims to research the unanswered problems in improving care for children born with cleft lip and palate and supports cleft teams in several poorer countries. We aim to push the boundaries of conventional treatment by funding research into improving operating techniques and by looking at the underlying reasons for cleft deformities. We also support cleft lip and palate teams in the developing world by working with them to improve surgery and facilities. 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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Charity Golf Day – Colchester Golf Club 19th July 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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