Facial Palsy Awareness Week 1-7 March 2021

Facial Palsy Awareness Week takes place on 1-7 March 2021 and due to the global pandemic all of our awareness raising will be online this year. We know that many people are exhausted and these are not normal times, we want to reassure you that we are still here.

We will be raising awareness of the psychological and physical effects of facial palsy during the week. Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and help us shine a light on facial palsy.

We are launching a Facial Palsy Awareness Week Quiz which we hope you will share widely on social media.

We are launching a new document called Recommendations for supporting the psychological well-being of children and adults with facial palsy as well as announcing details of our new project to evaluate the degree of psychological distress in patients with facial palsy.

Currently it takes on average 5.6 years from point of diagnosis for a person with facial palsy to be referred to a specialist. We will be telling people about a new page on our website which aims to better help people affected by facial palsy seek a referral to a specialist.

We will be sharing a new infographic ‘Top Tips from Facial Palsy UK Support Groups‘.

Specialist Facial Therapist Catriona Neville will be doing a Facebook Live 7:30pm UK time on Tuesday 2 March answering your questions about facial therapy.

We are sharing some updates to older stories and also a new one. Trustee Mandy Brailsford will be publishing her review of the past year.

As with previous years, some people are encouraging friends and family to shave half their beard or wear half make-up in the #FaceMyDay challenge.

Please use the hashtags #FaceMyDay #UniqueSmiles during the week.

How can you help?


Share the quiz on social media. Link to Facial Palsy Awareness Week Quiz.

Social media

Please follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and share information during the week with the hashtags. #FaceMyDay #UniqueSmiles

Add a Twibbon on Facebook or Instagram. Find out more.


Are you a budding designer, photographer or artist? Why not send us your ecard design ideas? Children’s art is welcome too.

We are seeking greetings card ideas for Facial Palsy Awareness Week and beyond to upload to DontSendMeACard.com.

Here is more info about design specifications:

  • E-card images should be 600×600 pixels.
  • Supported file types are JPEG and GIF files, including animated GIFs.
  • Aim to keep each e-card image at a maximum of 1MB.
  • Email your design to info@facialpalsy.org.uk

It would be great to have some facial palsy themed cards but we welcome any designs or photos that you would like to turn into an e-card to help raise funds for Facial Palsy UK. We do reserve the right to exclude designs that might be deemed offensive or inappropriate.

We would like to launch some new cards for Awareness Week as it might be a time when people want to thank others for their support or simply raise awareness. Sending e-cards costs as little as a £2 donation and these small contributions soon add up and help keep our services running. Thank you for your support!

We urgently need to raise £25,000 to keep our services running over the next 18 months and demand for our services has risen. A small regular donation can make a big difference, thank you for any support you can give us

Posters and downloads

Download links

Code 001 – Fundraising event poster (A4), Fundraising event poster (A3)

Code 002 – Emotional effects poster (A4), Emotional effects poster (A3)

Code 003 – Social effects poster (A4), Social effects poster (A3)


If you have image editing software you may want to overlay your own images with our Facial Palsy Awareness Week stamp. Download the purple one (shown left). A white one is available on request.



Facial Palsy Awareness Week History

Facial Palsy Awareness Week first launched in March 2015, at the suggestion of volunteer Kay Turner.

Previous campaigns:

#FaceUP (2020) – We wanted NHS funders and decision makers to Face UP! to the consequences of poor care for this patient group, i.e. delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, permanent facial disability and psychological impact. People shared their stories and we held our first major fundraising event on 29 February.

#FaceMyDay (2019) – We highlighted the difficulties people with facial palsy have accessing health care, the psychological impact of facial palsy and what it is like living with facial palsy. We created an animation called Chloe’s Day

#InYourFace (2018) – We pushed the message that this condition affects function of the face and should not be dismissed as cosmetic. It’s about what is happening ‘in’ your face, which is not always what others can see. People painted numbers on their faces that represented facts about their condition and took selfies with posters explaining the number. We raised awareness in the media and published the results of a comprehensive survey about Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

#ShareMyHappy (2017) – People raised awareness of the fact that happiness isn’t always shown on your face. They also thanked those that support us during our facial palsy journeys.

#StraightFace (2016) – we highlighted what so many take for granted, the ability to laugh unreservedly and to express ourselves using our faces.

#FaceMyDay (2015) – Friends and family joined in by shaving half their beard off or wearing half-makeup during the week. They shared selfies on social media to raise awareness. The nail art community painted fingernails to raise awareness and shared on Instagram.

#FaceANewDay (2015) – people took part in dawn walks to raise raise awareness of facial palsy and literally ‘face a new day’.

Last reviewed: 06-02-2021    ||    Next review due: 08-03-2021