This month 100 babies will be born with a cleft lip and/or palate in the UK, and they may face a 20-year long treatment pathway. For their parents, the joy of welcoming a new child into their family is mixed with this reality, and it can be a worrying and potentially isolating time.
This is where the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) steps in. We reach out to families from the moment of diagnosis and help them through any difficulties they have before and after the birth of their child. This is the first step of what we see as lifelong support of children born with a cleft and their families, from infancy through to adulthood. One parent, supported by CLAPA's services, told us:
"When my sonographer told me about my baby's cleft I was devastated. Soon afterwards I found CLAPA who introduced me to a whole new community of smiles and support. The experience has been amazing."
The contribution that you could make through signing up to just one line a week in our lottery is significant.By taking part for:
One month -
You could fund one pack of specialist feeding teats. Babies born with a cleft lip and/or palate (cleft) often have difficulties feeding from the breast or standard bottles and teats. The teats CLAPA provides are specially developed for infants with a cleft and allow parents to feed their babies as naturally as possible.
Six months -
You could provide a Welcome Pack for new parents. When parents of a newborn baby with a cleft are referred to CLAPA, we provide them with a free "Welcome Pack" to welcome them to the cleft community. The pack contains specialist feeding bottles and teats, along with important information and guidance about the path that lies ahead and the network of support and services that CLAPA offers.
One year -
You could provide an awareness-raising talk for a school or community group. Our talks raise vital awareness of the impact of having a cleft, help people respect facial differences (such as cleft scars), and deliver an anti-bullying message. We work with school pupils affected by cleft to deliver talks in their classes and assemblies, and spread awareness amongst groups as diverse as Rotary Clubs, Women's Institutes, dentists and GPs.
Eighteen months -
You could fund a child's place a one of our Family Activity Days. This would allow a child with a cleft to attend a special activity day with their parents to meet others like them locally. Our activity days are not only fantastic fun, but crucial opportunities for children to make new friends who understand what they're going through, and for parents to form local support networks.
How it works
The Lottery results are calculated using the temperatures from selected destinations around Europe on a particular day each week.
Players are assigned 6 numbers when registering, that are then checked against the last 6 digits of temperatures in Fahrenheit that are published in the Daily Mail on the day of the draw.