One Donation TWICE the Impact!


We are delighted to announce we are taking part in this year’s 'The Big Give Christmas Challenge' - the UK’s biggest match funding campaign.

From 12pm Tuesday 30th November 2021 to 12pm to Tuesday 7th December 2021, every donation made to CLEFT via The Big Give will be doubled. 

So if you donate £10, it becomes worth £20. If you donate £25, it becomes worth £50, and so on!!

Why donate?

Every year, 1 in 700 babies in the UK is born with a cleft lip and/or palate and is the most common 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.  In the developing world, cleft patients are frequently not operated on until later in life, if at all. As a result, they may be malnourished, and unable to talk well or hear properly. Often, they will be social outcasts.

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.

We can do this by funding research into the many unanswered questions around genetics, the anatomy of the palate and surgical techniques and outcomes. Further insights and better understanding will be critical if surgeons, speech therapists and other medical professionals are to provide improved, long-term treatment and care for all people born with clefts.

We also fund and support a number of projects in low and middle income countries where we hope to improve the lives of those born with cleft lip and palate by providing safe, comprehensive and inclusive treatment for the patient. We work with and empower local teams to create an enduring and sustainable framework for the future.

How do I donate?

Only donations made during the campaign dates and through the Big Give website will be doubled. 

The campaign will then run until 12pm midday on Tuesday 7th December, unless we meet our target beforehand.

Donations made outside of these dates or directly to our website will still come to the charity, but won’t be doubled or counted towards the Big Give total.

Read more and DONATE on our dedicated Christmas Challenge page - The Big Give Website.