More than a face

On Friday 14th February, a lady called Charlie Beswick visited Ravensmead to talk to the children in Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 about her charity ‘More than a face’ which she started to raise awareness and promote acceptance of facial disfigurement after one of her children was born with Goldenhar syndrome.

The assembly covered:

  • The physiology of facial recognition and why it’s natural to feel startled
  • Perceptions of facial disfigurement through history and in society
  • The difference between congenital and acquired facial disfigurement
  • The abuse received on line and important points about the use of social media to support or intimidate others, both with and without facial disfigurement.
  • The feelings of those who have facial disfigurement
  • Strategies to treat those with a disfigurement positively
  • Charlie’s own experiences with her son who has congenital facial disfigurement – her hopes for him and his future
  • Questions and Answers session

At the end of the assembly, children from the school council presented Charlie with a donation of £250 to the charity. The year 5/6 children then took part in workshops with her throughout the morning.


Please visit the charity’s website to find out more information about the amazing work it does: