An Account of Mother’s Day from an Empty Armed Mother

It is March 2018, and right now my life has never been more settled, and I’ve never been as happy since April 2012 to November 2013. That time period was the last time I felt truly happy – in that time I got together with my now husband, got engaged to him, my work, festivals…

Interview: Chewsing Kindness & Changing The World….One Smile At A Time (Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week)

For my finale to the series of posts and interviews that I’ve done for “Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week”, I have something very special for you. In September 2013, just after my Frankie had his diagnosis of a very severe cleft lip and palate and reeling from the inappropriate way that the news was…

Cleft Lip & Palate Diagnosis Delivery: Communication Matters (Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week)

When my Frankie was diagnosed with a severe cleft lip and palate, this is what happened: My unborn son Francesco “Frankie” Enrico Ventura was diagnosed with a unilateral cleft lip and palate at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Wednesday 25th September 2013 when I was 23 weeks pregnant.  The sonographer who conducted the scan blurted out…

Over £1000 Raised For The Cleft Lip & Palate Association Charity – We Have Exceeded Our Target!

My husband and I are thrilled to announce that through Frankie’s Legacy we have exceeded our target of £1000 raised for the Cleft Lip & Palate Association Charity, with the total raised being £1057.62.  We are so pleased with this, especially as we were fundraising for CLAPA over Christmas and New Year and cannot thank…