Local charity bosses say there’s been an overwhelming response from schools, businesses and individuals in Cheshire following a recent campaign to raise awareness about Down’s syndrome.
Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group asked locals to ‘rock their socks’ for World Down Syndrome Day (21st March) and fundraise by wearing brightly coloured socks, selling sock-shaped gingerbread biscuits or by completing a 213km challenge.
The #LotsOfSocks theme was chosen because chromosomes look a lot like socks, and people with Down’s syndrome have an extra chromosome.
The social media hashtag #LotsOfSocks is acknowledged worldwide as being associated with Down’s syndrome awareness.
In support of the cause, more than 60 dogs and their owners descended on Marbury Park in Northwich for a charity dog walk organised by CDSSG.
The date, which is the 21st day of the 3rd month, represents having 3 copies of chromosome 21 and this is something that is unique to people with Down’s syndrome.
Earlier this year CDSSG kicked off its “Get Up for Down’s” challenge for individuals to raise funds by running, swimming, walking or cycling 213 kilometres – or miles!
Victoria Woodham, Kirsty Wagster and Louise Ollier all completed the challenge and raised over £6,000 for the charity which supports more than 100 individuals in Cheshire with Down’s syndrome and their families.
The CDSSG team also raised awareness by delivering 30 assemblies across schools in Cheshire.
CDSSG chief executive Julie Duff commented: “This year’s campaign has been bigger and better than ever!
“We’ve been blown away with the amount of support and goodwill shown to us by schools, businesses and individuals in Cheshire.
“Making, distributing and selling 30,000 sock biscuits has not been an easy task but we’ve had plenty of support along the way.”
Julie added: “We’re proud of the work we do to support children with Down’s syndrome and their families and we know how much this community support means to them.
“It’ll be a little while yet until we know the full amount raised by this fundraising effort but all the funds raised will go directly into supporting people with Down’s syndrome in Cheshire.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who got involved in the campaign.”
If you would like to find out more about how the charity can support your family, school or healthcare setting, please visit www.cheshiredownssyndrome.com or alternatively you can call 01606 246 171 or email [email protected].
1. Children at Oaklands School in Winsford selling gingerbread socks
2. Victoria Woodham completing her ‘Get up for Down’s’ challenge
3. Charity dog walk at Marbury Park in Northwich