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The launch party for Big Smiles was held on Saturday 27th April 2013 at the Butler's Hill and Broomhill Road Children's Centre, Hucknall and was a big success...

 

The party was very well attended with around 30 families affected by a cleft lip and /or palate  in the region coming along.  The families were at various different stages including parents expecting a baby with a cleft, several pre-op babies from just 3 weeks old and toddlers who's clefts had been repaired and are now dealing with other aspects that can be linked to being born with a cleft such as speech therapy and glue ear.

 

The party was also attended by several members of the Trent Regional Cleft Team including Mr Jason Neil-Dwyer (Consultant Cleft Surgeon), Karine Latter (Lead Nurse Specialist) & Lorraine Britton (Lead Speech & Language Specialist).

 

Mark Hoyland, the Children's Centre Co-ordinater did an incredible job setting up for (and clearing up after!) the party and arranging a delicious buffet for everyone to enjoy.

 

Unfortunately the wet weather was a bit of a let down but it didn't dampen anyone's spirits as the feedback from parents was that they had very much enjoyed the party and felt that establishing the group was going to be a great benefit for parents and children alike going forward.  Below are a selection of photograph's from the party...