Friends from Gosport to hold fun day for cleft lip and palate charity

Shelley Jackson with daughter Mara-Jade Dyer, five, Dawn Farrugia with her twins Elisa and Emma Vio, four, and Kim Fuller with son Oliver Fuller-Hall, five, who will be raising money for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association at Leesland Infant School in Gosport''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150940-1)
Shelley Jackson with daughter Mara-Jade Dyer, five, Dawn Farrugia with her twins Elisa and Emma Vio, four, and Kim Fuller with son Oliver Fuller-Hall, five, who will be raising money for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association at Leesland Infant School in Gosport''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150940-1)
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  • Shelley Jackson and her friends are raising money for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association
  • Shelley’s daughter Mara-Jade was born with a cleft lip and palate
  • The charity has been supporting the family since Mara-Jade, five, was born
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CARING mum Shelley Jackson is looking to raise money for a charity which is important to her.

The 26-year-old, along with friends Dawn Farrugia and Kim Fuller, has organised a charity fun day to raise money for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (Clapa).

I have always wanted to give something back to them and I hope we can do that with the charity fun day.

Shelley Jackson

Shelley’s daughter Mara-Jade was born with a cleft lip and palate and the charity have been helping the family since Mara-Jade was born.

To say thanks for their hard work, Shelley is holding the charity event at Mara-Jade’s school, Leesland Infant School.

Shelley, from Gosport, said: ‘I found out Mara-Jade had a cleft lip and palate during my 20-week scan.

‘As soon as I found out, Clapa got in touch and came to visit showing me pictures of before and after surgery.

‘Within 24 hours of her being born, someone from the charity came to see me and they have been there for me ever since.’

She added: ‘I have always wanted to give something back to them and I hope we can do that with the charity fun day.’

Dawn, whose children go to the same school as five-year-old Mara-Jade, thought of holding the event in the school grounds.

Dawn, 32, said: ‘I know Shelley through the school and she has shared Mara-Jade’s story.

‘I thought it would be nice if we did an event like a family fun day.

‘Then, after thinking some more, we are hoping to open a charity shop for Clapa.’

The charity event is this Saturday at the school, off Whitworth Road.

It will have games and activities for children as well as face painting, refreshments, music and stalls selling different items.

Dawn added: ‘We wanted to do something the whole family, including the children, can enjoy.

‘We only started organising it about six weeks ago but things have come together quite nicely.

‘Everyone is excited to see how much we can raise for Clapa.’

The event runs from midday until 4pm.