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World Down Syndrome Day

Date Posted: 28/04/2014 | Posted In: Latest news

Students and staff at QE celebrated World Down Syndrome Day 2014 to raise awareness and help change perceptions of the condition. They joined in the international campaign ‘Lots of Socks’, wearing brightly coloured socks, mismatched socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock… even 3 socks.  Members of the Student Association ran a cake sale, set up an information stand and took buckets around college to collect loose change. All the money raised went to a local charity, the Education Centre for Children with Down Syndrome.

Teacher,Nicola Naisbett, explains:

“Numerous members of staff and students participated in the Lots of Socks campaign which was fantastic and humbling. The cake sale and voluntary donations were very successful and the charity will benefit greatly from the funds raised. The Educational  Centre  for Children with Down Syndrome is a charity that is committed to helping children with Down Syndrome and their families develop essential skills to ensure they meet their future with confidence. They are based in Newton Aycliffe and  Hexham. Parents travel from around the North East to attend the sessions which focus on enhancing the education and development of children with Down Syndrome through activities which target their individual learning profiles. I think it’s amazing that QE staff and students work together to promote inclusive education and are beginning to break down societal barriers with regards to disability and learning difficulties.”

The fundraising event was a huge success with a total of £209 being raised.

For more information about the charity and the work that they do visit:  www.eccds.org.uk .