Facial Palsy UK
Facial Palsy UK
Facial Palsy UK is the only charity in the UK specifically supporting people with facial paralysis due to any cause. We provide information and offer support by email and telephone. We offer local support groups for adults, and put on family days for children with facial palsy. We also promote research into new treatments for facial palsy and raise awareness of the social, physical and psychological consequences of facial palsy.
Facial Palsy UK’s mission is for every person in the UK affected by facial palsy to be given access to the best information, treatment and support available.
Facial Palsy UK is still a very young charity (set up in 2012), the first charity to offer specific support to people affected by facial palsy due to any cause. Facial palsy, sometimes known as facial paralysis, is a condition resulting from damage or absence or impairment of the facial nerve that supplies the muscles of facial function and expression, and affects blinking, closing the eye for sleep, eating and drinking, speech, smiling and frowning. Facial palsy can be the result of multiple causes: disease, injury, stroke, birth trauma, cancer, or neurological condition – to name but a few. Whatever the cause, the physical, emotional and psychological consequences of living with facial palsy are usually the same, although to varying degrees, and they can be equally devastating for the people affected and their families.
Added to the frustration of living with facial palsy is the public perception that the condition is purely a cosmetic issue, rather than a functional one affecting communication (facial expression), eating and drinking, and the closure of the eye on the affected side. We aim to give people with facial palsy a voice and to be a catalyst for change so that the needs of this patient group are recognised.
Facial Palsy UK aims to:
- To increase awareness of facial palsy and its social, physical and psychological consequences.
- To improve the physical and emotional health of adults and children with facial palsy
- To promote diagnosis, acute and long-term management and rehabilitation of people living with facial palsy.
Established: July 2012
Registered Charity Number: 1148115
Board members: 10
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 1
Phone number: 0300 030 9333
Address: Eventus, Sunderland Road, Market Deeping PE6 8FDView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website