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

New Year, New Breads - Online Event - SOLD OUT!!

Learn how to bake bread with professional baker Susan Hudson. Sue will show you how to make a Tiger Bread, a Malt Loaf and a Flat Bread during the course of this 3 hour interactive masterclass. 




Author: Melanie Baldwin


An interview with Brian Sommerlad

This is a wonderful interview where the children ask the questions.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

The Big Give Christmas Challenge Update

CLEFT took part in this year's Big Give Christmas Challenge for the first time. Thanks to our generous donors, we smashed our fundraising target.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Valentines Wine Tasting - ONLINE EVENT

This is another wonderful opportunity to enjoy a selection of South African wines under the tutelage of Gerhard Perold of Perold Wine Cellar. 




Author: Melanie Baldwin

Location: ONLINE EVENT,,

Our impact

1 in 700

children are 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

  • VPI Paper in Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal

    The American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal reviewed literature on palate re-repair for the treatment of velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) and cited the Sommerlad Protocol and Palate Repair technique of VPI as being very beneficial to patients with an 84% success rate. Read more

  • The genetics of cleft lip and palate

    Investigations into the genetics of cleft lip and palate to understand more about why cleft lip and palate occurs. Read more

  • TBX22 Mouse Model

    CLEFT has funded research into the investigation of a gene called the TBX22 that regulates important development events during normal palate function, in order to find new treatments. Read more

  • [email protected] now launched!

    We are delighted that the website [email protected] is now available. Read more