I first heard about the charity CLEFT through Mr Brian Sommerlad, who operated on my cleft lip and palate when I was a baby. I ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon for CLEFT in 2009 and I subsequently became a trustee. I have been involved in encouraging other young people to support the charity and I have also visited Bangladesh to see the challenges in providing comprehensive cleft care there. Having qualified as a doctor in 2012, I have now chosen to specialise in genetics. My own experiences, as a patient and as a doctor, mean I am particularly keen to support CLEFT’s work, both in research as well as overseas.