Sharing the highs, lows, challenges and triumphs of a life altered by facial disfigurement & special needs

Hi I’m Charlie, Mum to twins Oliver and Harry, part-time teacher, author, blogger, charity founder (More Than a Face) and cheeseaholic! Welcome to our website where you will read about the highs, lows, challenges and triumphs of a life which changed unexpectedly when Harry was born with a facial disfigurement and was later diagnosed with autism. I am real, honest (brutally at times) and passionate about supporting others on journeys they never expected to take. Welcome to our happy madness!
Our Altered Life is the account of our journey, written over 9 years. Initially, it was simply my way of recording my thoughts and feelings over time but as friends read it they encouraged me to publish it as they felt that others would gain a lot from reading my honest reflections. It turns our they were right! An Amazon best seller with incredible reviews (which aren’t all from my mum!), I am very proud of my first book and keen to make sure that it is read by the people who really need it. You can download chapter one for free!

To the bullies who hurt me…

I wasn't bullied as a child but I was teased every now and then. I draw the distinction because bullying involves an individual or a group of people with more power, repeatedly and intentionally cause hurt or harm to another person or group. It's not the odd comment...

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The best, hard decisions

Parenting is full of hard decisions at the best of times but when you are making decisions for a child with special needs, life can be even more challenging. In my past role as a primary school teacher and now as I visit primary schools as part of my charity More Than...

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Why is hate crime towards disabled children on the rise?

Figures to be released this month following a survey by the BBC show an alarming increase in hate crimes directed towards disabled children. In Staffordshire and Cheshire alone (I live on the border of both counties) hate crimes have increased by over 300%. Initially,...

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