Carol Vorderman shares photo with rarely seen sibling as they raise awareness about cleft palate

CAROL Vorderman posed with his beloved older brother Anton as the duo work tirelessly to raise awareness about cleft palate.

The 61-year-old ex-Countdown star shared a series of happy snaps with his rarely seen big brother as they enjoyed a day by the water.


Carol Vorderman and her brother AntonCredit: Instagram

The siblings posed for selfies when Carol revealed that Anton had undergone 24 surgeries on his cleft palate.

Carol captioned the post: “This week is CLEFT AWARENESS WEEK.

“With my big brother Anton this week we did our STEP UP FOR CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association) to raise awareness about the cleft.”

She revealed: “Anton was born with the most severe form of cleft lip and palate and had 24 operations in his lifetime. Cleft varies widely and may require specific care and surgery over many years, including including speech therapy.

“Our mother raised us as a single parent since Anton was 7 years old, our father didn’t give her a dime for many, many years. So she had up to 5 part-time jobs to get money. Money for food was on the table and one of the things she saved hard for was speech therapy lessons for Anton in the 1960s. It changed her life.

“Anyway, here we are all these years later taking a few short walks around Pembs

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“I’ve been a patron of @clapacommunity for over 20 years and Anton is a champion charity. It’s a small charity, but a good one”

Cambridge graduate Carol, who was a huge hit with fans when she appeared on the hit Channel 4 game show from 1982 to 2008, was herself raised by her mother Jean and brother Anton after her father abandoned her.

A cleft is a gap or cleft in the upper lip and/or roof of the mouth-palate and is present from birth.

A cleft lip and palate is the most common facial birth defect in the UK, affecting around 1 in 700 babies, according to the NHS.

Carol’s week with Anton comes after she broke her silence and said it would be her “honour” to host Countdown after Anne Robinson left the TV gig.

It comes as The Sun exclusively revealed that show bosses are desperate for Carol to return as host and is the first choice to replace Anne Robinson.

The 61-year-old, who co-hosted the show for 26 years, told fans it “would be an honor” to return to the popular quiz show.

Amid speculation that she would return and help boost the ratings, Carol broke her silence on the matter.

She wrote on Twitter: “Thank you all for saying such great things about me returning to Countdown.

“You are so kind and it would be an honor, but I wish whoever is the lucky human to be the new host all the love and 9 letter words in the world #CountWell#HappyDays.”

Anne announced her exit earlier this week, saying: “I had a blast hosting this wonderful show. And I’ve stayed longer than I signed up for it. Now is the time for an older woman to take the reins.

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“I also hope I’ve encouraged TV bosses to realize that not all women in their bad late 60s are in nursing homes playing bingo and watching magic tricks.”

The former Weakest Link star, 77, became the first woman to take on the role when she took over from Nick Hewer in June last year.

The siblings spent a day in Wales


The siblings spent a day in WalesCredit: Instagram
Anton underwent 24 surgeries on his cleft lip


Anton underwent 24 surgeries on his cleft lipCredit: Instagram

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