The Big Give Christmas Challenge resources

We are applying to take part in the Big Give Christmas Campaign this year, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. We’re hoping to raise vital funds to pay for a research project into craniofacial clefts in Bangladesh. Read more

Our research vision

At CLEFT, our vision is of a future where clefts are preventable. Until we get there, we want to improve the lives of those born with cleft lip and palate. Read more

Be a fundraiser

We would love you to join our family of fundraisers - sign up today to an event or find other ways to raise money. Read more

Ibrahim's story

Craniofacial clefts are large clefts that can affect the face, eyes, nose and mouth. Read more

A story from Bangladesh

A story from Bangladesh: Yeasin Read more

Dhaka, Bangladesh

We are working with Bangladeshi specialists at the new Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burns and Plastic Surgery to create a sustainable centre to treat children with cleft lip and palate. Read more

Our mission

We are a charity focused on providing permanent, sustainable, ways to improve cleft care in both the UK and overseas. Read more

Cleft lip and palate

In the womb, the upper lip develops from three parts and the palate develops into two halves which, in clefts, then fail to merge. There may be a cleft of the lip, the palate, or both. Read more

Stories

Over the years, CLEFT has made a difference to children born with clefts both in the UK and overseas. Read the stories of some of our patients and fundraisers. Read more

Research

When it comes to clefts, there is still so much that is unknown. A core principle of CLEFT is to invest in research projects that study the cause and treatment of clefts. Read more

Leave a legacy

Leave a lasting smile in your will. Read more

Trusts and Foundations

Today, 1-in-700 babies in the UK are born with a cleft lip and palate, the most common form of birth defect. The impact on a child’s life as they grow is profound. Typically, they will need at least four operations. They may also require ongoing tests, treatment or therapy. It will affect the way they look but also their speech, hearing and dental development. It can leave deep psychological scars. Read more

Training

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