We aim to provide long-term, sustainable ways to bridge the gap in cleft care and knowledge in the UK and overseas

David and Andrew's Lake Windermere challenge

CLEFT trustee, David Sainsbury, and his brother Andrew, are preparing for a new challenge: to swim 18km across the length of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. We asked David a few questions about this impressive challenge so read here to see what he says...


Author: Melanie Baldwin

The success of the Student Ambassadors

The new CLEFT student section was six months in planning and eventually launched in September 2021. We celebrate their enthusiasm and contribution here,


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Call for Research Proposals

CLEFT invites researchers to submit high quality proposals for research grants of up to a maximum of £50,000. Proposals should focus on either clinical or basic science questions relevant to the charity’s research objectives.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Surgical sets delivered

During Mr Sommerlad's trip to Bangladesh this February, two surgical sets were handed over to the cleft team in Dhaka.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Our impact

1 in 700

children is born with a cleft palate.


the cost of a cleft operation on a baby in a low-income country.


cost to give treatment over a lifetime.

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Breakthroughs in cleft research

  • FOXF2 gene discovery

    A genetic defect has been identified in a family from Egypt with a type of palate abnormality and speech disorder apparently not previously described. The FOXF2 research is one of the many projects currently funded by CLEFT, paid for with money raised by our donors and fundraisers. Read more

  • MRI Speech Assessment

    This important research looked at using MRI to assess whether further surgery could improve speech for people with repaired clefts. Read more

  • New paper published in the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal

    Research that CLEFT funded shows how a pioneering surgical technique results in a very low rate of secondary speech surgery and very good speech outcomes in children aged 5 years of age, with less need for speech therapy. Read more

  • P.L.A.T. project

    The Parent Led Articulation Therapy (P.L.A.T) project has been looking at improving speech outcomes for children by enabling parents to help their children with cleft palate speech difficulties. Read more