Smiles for Life

Smiles for Life

Our Smiles for Life campaign funds cleft palate operations for children in The Philippines, giving them the chance to smile confidently and overcome social and communication barriers. We are dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to lead a happy and fulfilling life, regardless of their medical needs.


The Campaign

Did you know that for just £300, you can fund a cleft palate operation and put a smile on a child's face for life? As a symbol of the Acid House/Electronic Music movement, the smiley face has always been associated with positivity and joy. By supporting our cause, you can make a difference in a child's life by not only resolving serious medical issues but also giving them the chance to smile with confidence.
We believe in full transparency with our campaigns, including our cleft palate operation campaign. Donors will receive information about the specific operations they have funded, ensuring that they know exactly how their contributions have made a difference in a child's life.

What is a cleft palate?

Cleft lip and palate are openings or splits in the upper lip and roof of the mouth, respectively, caused by incomplete closure of facial structures during fetal development.

Cleft lip and palate are common birth defects that occur when the facial structures of a developing fetus do not fully close. Although they can occur on their own, they are often associated with inherited genetic conditions or syndromes.

Although having a baby born with a cleft can be distressing, there is hope for correction. In most cases, a series of surgeries can restore normal function and achieve a more natural appearance with minimal scarring.

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Medical Issues

Children born with cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, often face various challenges, which can vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. These include:

Feeding difficulties are among the most immediate concerns for babies with cleft lip and palate. While many infants with cleft lip can breastfeed, those with cleft palate may experience difficulty in sucking due to the opening in the roof of their mouth.
Ear infections and hearing loss are common concerns for babies born with cleft palate, as they are more vulnerable to developing middle ear fluid, which can lead to hearing problems.
Children born with cleft lip and palate may face dental problems if the cleft extends through the upper gum, which can impact tooth development.
Children born with cleft palate may experience speech difficulties because the palate plays a crucial role in forming sounds. The development of normal speech can be affected, resulting in speech that sounds too nasal.
In addition to the physical challenges, children born with cleft lip and palate may also face social, emotional, and behavioral problems due to differences in appearance and the stress of intensive medical care. Coping with a medical condition can be challenging for both the child and their family.

Make a difference

A £300 donation funds one cleft palate operation. UK taxpayers only need to raise £240 as personal donations qualify for 25% gift aid.


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