Carmit Bachar Answers Your Questions

Carmit Bachar (formerly of the Pussycat Dolls) was born with a cleft lip and palate. Here, she answers some questions submitted by some children and young people who have a cleft themselves, and talks a little about growing up, bullying, fame, and developing self-confidence.

This video was recorded for Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week 2013 –

A HUGE thank you goes to Carmit for all her help this year!


The Children and Young People’s Council

The White Lantern Film Company are producing a short film for NHS Salisbury about bullying and other issues related to different medical conditions. They came to the CLAPA offices to film members of our Children and Young People’s Council about their experiences growing up with a cleft, and how CLAPA has helped to make a difference.

They have produced a trailer with some clips of the interviews, and we’d love for you to watch it and let us know what you think!


Use the password ‘clapa’ to watch the video.


Currently the video is set to private, so just enter the password ‘clapa’ to watch, and please let us know what you think in the comments box below!

Give Us Your View!

This is our third Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week, and while this year is certainly bigger and better than ever, we’re always looking for ways to improve.

So tell us – what’s important to YOU about cleft awareness week?

The Cleft Collective

Cleft Awareness Week is here, and one way to get involved is to support new and exciting research taking place across the UK and abroad.

The Cleft Collective is one of the world’s largest cleft lip and palate programmes, and they need your help to conduct high quality research which will benefit all families and individuals affected by cleft lip and palate.

Please support them by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also join their emailing list by contacting them directly:!

Welcome to Awareness Week 2013!

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We’re thrilled to launch Awareness Week 2013 – our biggest and best one yet!

This year we’re upping the stakes with five official sponsored walks taking place all over the UK and more of you hitting the streets to put up posters and raise money than ever before.

This is our Awareness Week microsite, packed full of information on the week, how you can help, and with resources on this year’s theme: bullying and self-image.

Please share this site as widely as you can with friends and family, and let’s make sure this week cleft lip and palate is at the top of the agenda!