Bell’s palsy is the commonest cause of facial paralysis. It affects the ability to smile, eat, drink, speak and blink. As 70% of our communication is non-verbal, it has a huge impact on those affected.
Support us in our mission to raise awareness of the needs of this patient group, who often receive little or no follow-up care.
"Bell’s palsy struck before my 18th birthday. Now in my 40’s and three episodes later, I’ve only just started receiving specialist care."
"Bell’s palsy first struck the day before my 18th birthday. Now in my 40’s and three episodes later, I’ve only just started receiving specialist care."
When a child is born with facial palsy, parents face an uncertain time and there is currently little help or support offered by the NHS, due to lack of awareness.
Support us in our mission to provide telephone and email support, provide family days and create information for health professionals to give at the point of diagnosis.
"My mum was very sad because she did not know what I had, then you helped her."
Over 100,000 people are thought to be affected by facial palsy in the UK. There are no nationally funded trials investigating treatments or cures. The long term impact of facial palsy is immense and should not be underestimated.
Support us in our mission to raise awareness of the need for more research into treatments and cures for a facial nerve that has been damaged.
"I'm an ex-soldier and I’ve been to war. I consider myself to be a proper proper man, yet facial palsy shook me to my foundations."