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

Kirstie's story

Kirstie has had a number of operations to mend her unilateral cleft lip and palate.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Paying for stitches

Traditionally, patients are often asked to buy some of the materials that are needed for their operation at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burns and Plastic Surgery, including sutures for the stitches they need.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

[email protected] now launched!

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


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Scottish Highlands Triple Challenge

The Scottish Highlands Triple is an exciting new addition to the Triple Challenge series, combining cycling, trekking and canoeing into one exciting weekend of activity. This incarnation of the Triple Challenge series will see adventures taking on a multi activity challenge in the iconic Scottish Highlands. This is your chance to push yourself harder than ever before, surrounded by some of the most breath-taking scenery the UK has to offer.




Author: Melanie Baldwin

Location: SYHA,Glen Nevis, Fort William

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