My son, Noah, was born with a submucous cleft palate. When confronted with this diagnosis our first thoughts were 'why us?' followed swiftly by 'how do we fix this?'

Answers to these fundamental questions continued to resonate with me even after the two successful surgical procedures on his cleft to repair it. He has since spent hours in speech therapy and recently with the orthodontic department. In the UK we are fortunate to have an amazing group of dedicated surgeons and support teams to carry out world-leading procedures to correct these conditions.

I joined CLEFT in 2018 as a trustee and Treasurer with a passion to better understand why clefts occur through research and to help other children in the UK and abroad.