Brother and sister Noah and Heidi, along with family friend Josh (pictured above left to right), recently participated in Europe’s biggest open water swimming event, the Great North Swim, in support of Smile Train.
Heidi was born with a cleft lip and palate. Her parents, Joe and Liz, didn’t know about her cleft until she was born. Liz recalled, “We very quickly found ourselves on a steep and emotional learning curve.” Fortunately, Heidi’s surgery was covered by the NHS and the family has received medical and emotional support.
They discovered Smile Train during one of Heidi’s hospital visits and were inspired to find a way to help provide the same kind of multidisciplinary cleft support that Heidi received to less fortunate children in the developing world. Liz shared, “We have been so blessed with the healthcare that Heidi has received, it feels very special to be able to help other children like Heidi in our own little way.”
As of this article, the team has raised a total of £937 through their JustGiving fundraising page — enough to change the lives of six children born with clefts.
If you would like to support Heidi, Noah, and Josh’s fundraiser and help provide new smiles to children in need, please visit their JustGiving Page. If you are interested in running, swimming, or biking your way into smiles visit our Smile Train Team EMPOWER page.