Student section

Our University team mimics those who care for cleft patients. We are made up of a multidisciplinary student team including medics, dentists, speech and language therapists, nurses, midwives, and physios. Read more

Our philosophy

The two arms of CLEFT are brought together by our mission to bridge the gap in cleft care and knowledge both in the UK and around the world. Our international and research philosophies are at the very heart of our work. Read more

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

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

CLEFT was established in 2007 with one aim, to help improve the lives of children born with cleft lip and palate, either by funding research into the likely causes of the condition or by helping support teams in lower and middle income countries. Read more


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


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


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