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Cleft lip and palate children enjoy super heroes fun day at Salisbury Arts Centre

By jspiteri  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

Mum and Dad Sarah and Liam Heath join Lotte (centre left ) and Holly as a super hero family for the day. Pic Sally Firino

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Families from the Spires Cleft Centre enjoyed songwriting, story telling and designed super hero characters for a short animated film as part of a Super Hero Family Fun Day at the Salisbury Arts Centre.

The event was organised by Hoodwink Theatre Company with the Spires Cleft Team at Salisbury District Hospital, and funded by the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA).

Sandra Treslove, Speech and Language Therapist, said: “Children, mums, dads and grandparents all joined in with a wide range of creative activities around the theme of superheroes. Seven year old Lotte Heath was journalist for the day, filming the event, and interviewing actors and some of the other children.”

Around one in 700 babies a year are born with cleft lip and palate. A cleft is a disruption in the growth of a baby’s face while in the womb. This can cause a visible difference in facial features, dental problems, speech difficulties and poor hearing.

The Spires Cleft Centre is a specialist regional service offering a multidisciplinary approach to the care of children and adults with a cleft. The team includes plastic and ENT surgeons, nurses, psychologists and speech and language therapists who work with families to ensure each child reaches their full potential. Ends

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