Cleft palate: Girl, 8, launches support club
An eight-year-old girl said her dreams had come true as she launched her own support club for children with cleft lip and palate.
More than 120 people attended the first Kids Sunshine Club event in Leicester on Saturday.
Sophie-Mae Raynor said she started it so she could meet new friends, adding she hoped it would help others with the condition.
The event raised money for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (Clapa).
One of the most common birth defects in the UK, cleft lip and cleft palate affects about one in 700 babies.
Sophie-Mae said the idea for the group came when she spoke to her grandmother, Diana Williams.
Sophie-Mae said: "She told me lots of children are born with cleft lip and palates, and I said 'where are they then?', so we looked at pictures of other children with cleft lip and palates all over the world.
"I then asked the big question, 'Why can't I meet the children and make friends with them to play, a bit like when I go to Brownies?'."
Sophie-Mae thanked everyone for attending, adding: "My dream has come true."
The club is hoping to meet up four times a year, with a summer day trip and Christmas party planned.
Committee member Angela Knight said the name was inspired by Sophie-Mae herself.
"Whenever I greet her I always say 'hello my little sunshine girl'," she said.
"All our family members absolutely love that girl, because she's an absolute joy and a delight."