A family are hosting a fun and shopping day at the Birdbrook Tavern to raise money to help a charity close to their hearts.
The event on September 7 from 11am until 3pm is being staged to raise money for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA).
Alex Fitchie, 6,of Hales Barn Road, Haverhill, has had an operation to repair a soft cleft palate and is dure more surgery in October.
His mother Jessica is organising the fun day to donate to the charity which supports families and raise awareness.
“Alex’s cleft journey is different to most children as he wasnt diagnosed until he was four years old after getting a nasty case of chicken pox,” Jessica said.
“As a baby Alex found it difficult to breastfeed, which is a classic symptom of cleft palate. I was fobbed off.
“Later his speech therapist noticed he was quite nasal. I was advised that he would grow out of it.
“But when he was infected with chicken pox Alex had a thorough inspection inside his mouth and the doctor referered him to a specialist.”
Alex had an operation in 2011 to repair the hole, however he needs a further operation as air is still escaping. He had tried intensive speech therapy to improve things but it became apparent that more surgery was needed.
The event at the Birdbrook Tavern will offer facepaintingh, cup cakes, crafts, a raffle and stalls from local businesses. Jessica runs the business Queenie Bee Beauty.
To donate to Alex’s appeal for CLAPA go to http://www.justgiving.com/alexfitchie/new/3
CLAPA is the only UK-wide voluntary organisation specifically helping those with, and affected by, cleft lip and palate. It is unique.
CLAPA was set up in 1979 as a partnership between parents and health professionals. It provides support for new parents, and for people with the condition and their families, from infancy through to adulthood.
Branches are run by people who have themselves benefited from the organisation, often working in partnership with local health professionals.
To find your local branch go to http://www.clapa.com/members
Other parents are on hand to talk about issue and lend support