Wickhambrook chef raises thousands for charity

Lewis Ryan
Lewis Ryan

A Wickhambrook chef has cooked up a way to help others like him who are born with a cleft lip and palate.

Lewis Ryan, 22, hosted a three-course charity meal at the Wickhambrook Greyhound and Twenty One, where he works, last month.

Lewis Ryan's charity dinner

Lewis Ryan's charity dinner

It was a huge success, raising more than £2,000 for the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA), which has supported him through many years of treatment, including 16 operations and three bone grafts.

As Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week gets underway tomorrow, Lewis is keen to make people aware that one child in 700 is born with a cleft lip and/or palate in the UK.

CLAPA’s website says: “Even though three babies are born with a cleft every day in the UK, many people haven’t heard of the condition, don’t know what it means, or still use outdated and offensive terms to talk about it.”

For more information, visit www.clapa.com

Lewis Ryan's charity dinner

Lewis Ryan's charity dinner

Lewis will also be doing a sky dive for CLAPA on June 4.

To support him in his ‘biggest challenge to date’, go to www.justgiving.com/lewis-ryan1