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Carol Vorderman’s tireless campaigning after brother was born with cleft lip

In our latest Mirror More Hopeful series, we look at Carol Vorderman’s dedication to her charity work by supporting CLAPA, the Cleft Lip And Palate Association, and the heartbreaking reason why

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Carol Vordermandoesn’t just introduce us all the some of the country’s most remarkable people each year as the proud host of the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain awards.

She is more than worthy of taking one the iconic silver statues home with her.

The former Countdown star, 60, has clearly taken inspiration from some of those she has met since first taking on the job 22 years ago.

Carol is a longtime supporter of the CLAPA, the Cleft Lip And Palate Association – and it is a cause close to her heart.

Nearly two decades on, she continues to draw attention to the suffering of many and her work has made a huge difference.



Carol doesn’t just meet people who do great things – she’s pretty good at charity work herself!
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Now a patron, she won’t stop in her quest to back the work the charity do and the awareness they continue to create.

She vowed to do more after seeing first hand her brother’s ordeal at the hands of bullies.









Anton, who is a year older than his famous sister, spoke about going through surgery for the condition in 2019 and his sibling promised to use her platform to shake the stigma.

The pair appeared on GMB two years ago to tell the world why she is campaigning so hard.



Her brother Anton was badly bullied because of his condition




The star was full of admiration for her brother as he talked about what he went through, insisting he helped raise her after their parents divorced when they were kids.

She said: “Anton kind of looked after me so I called him little daddy, so growing up you were always there.

“Anton taught me how to play chess, we used to go jumbling… this is 1960s, Anton’s influence on me was as big as any teacher.”

She tweeted about the topic before going on.



CLAPA is not the only charity work the TV star supports




“When my brother was growing up with a severe cleft lip and palate I witnessed the cruelty that could be handed out…,” she put.

“And that’s why I’ve been the fiercely proud patron for CLAPA for 20 years.”

“My brother was born with the severest degree of a bilateral cleft lip and palate so I feel a great deal of empathy with members of the Association.

“There are so many problems which may accompany the condition and a good country-wide support system is needed for the families. I am very happy to support the aims of CLAPA.”

It’s not the only charity the TV star supports.

She is also the celebrity ambassador of Prostate Cymru and says she was “proud” to be involved with a charitable cause that’s “so important,” adding that we need to “save the males in Wales.”










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