Carol Vorderman shares picture with rarely seen brother as they raise awareness for cleft palates

CAROL Vorderman posed with her beloved older brother Anton as the pair work tirelessly raise awareness about cleft palates.

The ex-Countdown star, 61, shared a series of happy snaps with her rarely seen big bro as they enjoyed a day out by the water.

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

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

"With my big brother Anton this week doing our STEP UP FOR CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association) to raise awareness of cleft."

She revealed: "Anton was born with the severest form of cleft lip and palate and has had 24 operations over his life. Cleft varies dramatically and can need specific care and surgery through many years including speech therapy.

"Our Mum brought us up as a single parent from when Anton was 7, our father didn't give her a penny for very many years. So she had up to 5 part time jobs to get money for food on the table and one of the things she saved hard for was speech therapy lessons for Anton back in the 1960s. It changed his life. Now this is quite rightly provided on the NHS.

"Anyway here we are all these years later having a few little walks around Pembs 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿❤️

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"I've been patron of @clapacommunity for over 20 years and Anton is a champion for the charity. It's a small charity but a fine one x"

Cambridge graduate Carol, who was a huge hit with fans while appearing in the hit Channel 4 game show from 1982 until 2008, was herself raised by her mum Jean and brother Anton after her dad abandoned her.

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

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A cleft lip and palate is the most common facial birth defect in the UK, affecting around 1 in every 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 quit the TV gig.

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

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

Amid speculation that she would return and help boost ratings, Carol broke her silence about it.

She wrote on Twitter: "Thank you to all of you saying such lovely things about a possibility of me returning to Countdown.

"You're very kind & it would be an honour but I want to 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’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful show. And I stayed longer than I signed up for. Now it is time for an older woman to take the reins.

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“I hope too I’ve encouraged TV bosses to realise that not all women at the wrong end of their seventies are in care homes playing bingo and watching conjuring tricks."

The former Weakest Link star, 77, became the first female to take on the role when she stepped into Nick Hewer’s shoes in June last year.

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