The New Year is being kicked off in style at Specsavers Tewkesbury, with the announcement of a six month charity partnership with the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA).

Programme of activity

The store has chosen CLAPA as its nominated charity for the first half of the year, and will be holding a host of fundraising activities during that time.

The team has picked this particular charity as 27-year-old store supervisor, Carly Merriman, underwent surgery for a cleft lip as a child and she will be spearheading the fundraising effort.

A word from the store director

‘We knew we wanted to make 2018 a year of focussed fundraising and thought that by picking a cause that had a link with the team would help,’ said store director, Glenn Dunkley.

‘We’re all really looking forward to getting stuck into things and raising as much money as we can. We’ll be unveiling the charity we are going to support for the second half of the year nearer the time.’

Encouraging local support

Carly added: ‘The team all seem keen to get started and hopefully that will mean we’ll raise lots of money. CLAPA does some really great work to help support families, providing a range of valuable services, and it’s obviously a cause close to my heart, so we’d like to encourage local people to support us if they can.

'Even my mum and dad are getting involved and will both be taking part in the Ironman UK event in Bolton in July to help with the fundraising effort.’


Since 1979, CLAPA has been the only national charity dedicated to all those with and affected by cleft lip and/or palate in the UK.

The charity reaches out to families from the moment of diagnosis and helps them through any difficulties they have before and after the birth of their child by providing a specialist feeding service, as well as targeted information and a national network of trained volunteers providing one-to-one emotional support and local events and meet-ups.

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