Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week
The charity that is closest to my heart is Down’s Syndrome Scotland (DSS). Sixteen years ago, on Sunday 21st February, my sister gave birth to her third child, Amy, and soon after was told by the doctors at Yorkhill Hospital that Amy had Down’s Syndrome. My sister’s world was turned upside down. She had to grieve for the child that for 9 months she thought she was having and start accepting an uncertain future.
Down’s Syndrome Scotland is a charity based in Edinburgh that gives invaluable support and advice to families like my sister’s. As I have since found out, it’s difficult enough bringing up three young ones, never mind adding in a diagnosis of special needs to the equation. Amy is now a young adult, a huge asset to our family and achieving more than we could ever have dreamed of.
Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week starts on Monday 21st March and DSS ask that to bring awareness, people wear wacky socks! I am doing this a week early. On Monday 14th March, I invite my regular attendees and anyone else who fancies joining us to come to my fitness class in the Cowley Hall for 1pm. Entry requirement – WACKY SOCKS! Class usually costs £4 but any money that is put in the box that day will be going to Down’s Syndrome Scotland with a huge big “thanks” from me for helping my sister’s and many other families over the last 16 years.
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