Each year, World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21st.

The date - the 21st day of the 3rd month - represents 3 copies of chromosome 21 which are unique to people with Down Syndrome and stripy, funky socks have become a worldwide emblem. At our MILES@Ena Day Support Service Alison, John and friends in Failsworth gathered with their odd socks on, only to rock those socks right off with a singalong party!

In what was a musical affair, we danced the afternoon away and raised some money in the process, selling raffle tickets and delicious Gingerbread socks to friends and colleagues in the Ena Hughes Resource Centre.

MILES@Ena was then the venue for another get together on Saturday 23rd when the Down Syndrome West Pennine (registered charity 1140539) hosted a party that raised a further £400, taking the total to just over £600! A fantastic effort by all those involved on both days.

The global theme for #WDSD19 is “leave no-one behind” and the message from the Down’s Syndrome Association is clear -  that “every single person with Down Syndrome should have the same opportunities as everyone else, in EVERY area of life”.

Another organisation doing great work is Down Syndrome International, who made the short video below explaining just why World Down Syndrome Day is so important...

Make sure you put the date in your diary for next year! And don’t hesitate to get in touch with Down Syndrome West Pennine if you or someone you know needs support locally: https://sites.google.com/site/dswestpennine/home