Sheffield parents stepping out to say thanks

Walkers perpare to set off from Low Bradfield around Dam Flask in support of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association
Walkers perpare to set off from Low Bradfield around Dam Flask in support of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association
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The parents of a Sheffield schoolboy born with a cleft lip and palate strode out to thank the charity which helped their son.

Ruth and Harry Feather, from Middlewood, led supporters on a three-mile sponsored walk around Damflask Reservoir in the Loxley Valley, to raise money for the national Cleft Lip and Palate Association.

Their five-year-old son Jacob has a one-sided cleft lip and palate, and has faced hearing difficulties and facial surgery.

Jacob is now making good progress at Marlcliffe Primary School, Wadsley, where he is in reception.

The walk started in Low Bradfield, taking in the picturesque scenery around the reservoir – and so far the family has raised more than £400 in sponsorship money.

As well as being a volunteer for the association – known as CLAPA – Ruth, an administrator at Sheffield Hallam University, has set up a group called Happy Faces Sheffield, providing support to local families with children with the condition.

Jacob was diagnosed when Ruth, aged 35, went for her 20-week scan while pregnant.

The mum was even given the option of an abortion in case a more severe disability was present – but the couple were determined to go ahead with the birth.

Jacob has had surgery to reconstruct his lip and needs hearing aids.

He will be given the option of further surgery when he is older.

Ruth said the walk was organised because she and Harry ‘wanted to give something back’ to CLAPA.

n To donate, visit Feather Family Just Giving Page to donate.