A mum has helped launch a support group for anyone affected by a cleft lip.
The branch, called CLAPA Lancashire Cheshire and Lakes, aims to raise awareness of the condition which affects one in 700 children. The group will also put on regular fun days and family outings.
Jen Miszke, of Mason’s Lane, Hurdsfield, helped set up the group after her experience with her daughter, Ruby.
The 21-month-old tot was born with a heavily deformed upper lip.
She had corrective surgery when she was just four months old and has since made an great recovery.
Jen and her husband Dan now help the charity that helped them through their ordeal, the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLPA).
Jen said: “I have become a parent contact for the charity which means other parents can contact me to talk through what they are going through.
“I have had calls from all over the UK and even from one woman in America.
“It’s important that people know that they are not alone and that there is help and support out there.
“We are there to support anyone affected by a cleft.”
The group’s first event is a family fun day and branch launch party at St Kentigern’s Social Club, Manchester, on Sunday, September 29.
Jen is appealing for anyone affected by cleft to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. They also have a Facebook group.