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Sheffield treasure hunt to help CLAPA charity

Jacob Feather on the right with mum Ruth, dad Harry and little brother William before the walk

Jacob Feather on the right with mum Ruth, dad Harry and little brother William before the walk

Get set for a treasure hunt!

The mum of a Sheffield schoolboy who has bounced back from being born with a cleft lip and palate is holding a special event to raise money for youngsters similar to her son.

Jacob Feather, from Middlewood, was diagnosed when his mother Ruth went for her 20-week scan while pregnant.

Ruth and her husband Harry were determined to go ahead with the birth - and now, six years on, happy and healthy Jacob has inspired a treasure hunt around the Botanical Gardens in aid of The Cleft Lip and Palate Association.

The hunt runs from 10am to 3pm will follow a trail around the gardens, with participants tasked with answering 10 questions to win a prize.

A £2 donation is suggested per treasure hunter, with all proceeds going to CLAPA.

Jacob, who attends Marlcliffe Primary in Wadsley, has undergone surgery to reconstruct his lip, suffers from severe glue ear, and started wearing hearing aids at 20 months.

When he is old enough, he will be given the choice of whether to undergo further operations, such as jaw realignment, lip revision or a nose reconstruction.

But Ruth describes her son’s speech as ‘excellent’ and says he is ‘clever, popular and doing well at school’.

Last year the family led supporters on a three-mile sponsored walk around Damflask Reservoir in the Loxley Valley, collecting hundreds for CLAPA.

As well as being a volunteer for the association, Ruth has set up a group called Happy Faces Sheffield, providing support to local families.

n Visit CLAPA for more information about the charity. Registration for the treasure hunt is not required - simply turn up on the day.

 

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