Fun day for Macie is huge success

Aisha Westhead and Paul Latham with Macie Lee
Aisha Westhead and Paul Latham with Macie Lee

A FAMILY have thanked a charity that helped them after their daughter was born with a cleft palate.

Aisha Westhead and partner Paul Latham, from Platt Bridge, raised £2,100 by holding a fun day for CLAPA, the Cleft Lip and Palate Association by holding a fun day after their daughter Macie Lee, now 18 months, was born cleft, or split, palate.

The day was a big success, and we raised more than we ever thought we would - we’d like to thank everyone who took part

Macie Lee

Aisha said: “The nurses and charity were a great support to us and so we decided to raise funds for CLAPA.

Macie Lee had to be fed with special feeding equipment until she had surgery at the age of six months at Manchester Children’s Hospital to correct it.

“We held a fun day at The Dover Lock pub in Abram, which included a raffle to win a TV which Buy As You View very generously donated.

“The day was a big success, and we raised more than we ever thought we would - we’d like to thank everyone who took part.”

A cleft lip and palate is the most common facial birth defect in the UK, with one in 700 babies being born with the condition.

Nearly half of all children affected have a cleft palate, which is more common in girls, and a quarter have both cleft lip and palate, which is more common in boys.

The type of cleft and its severity varies from child to child and its cause is unknown.