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Help us meet the Challenge!

To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week this year, we have set the challenge of 21 days of fundraising from the 1st March to the 21st March. We would like everyone to help us raise vital funds for the Support Group by getting sponsorship to achieve a challenge before 21st March. You could do a challenge every day for 21 days, or the challenge could include 21 things. Why not take a look at some suggestions below….

Enjoy swimming....

Why not set yourself a swimming challenge? It could be anything that is a challenge for you personally, from swimming 21 strokes, 21 metres, 21 widths, 21 lengths or even 2,100 metres. It doesn't matter what your age, toddlers to adults, lets all get involved! Contact us today for a sponsorship form.

It costs over £600 a year to fund our Under 5's Group. This is an essential group for young families, giving them the opportunity to make friends and share the joys and celebrations of having a child with Down's syndrome. Please help us to continue to provide this vital support for families with young children by fundraising for us today.

Get on your bike!

Do you or your children like cycling or riding on scooters? Why not set yourselves the challenge of getting out and about every day for the first 21 days in March? Or maybe to cover a total distance of 21 miles over the 21 days? Or just to get out on your bike for 21 minutes every day? Have fun, keep fit and fundraise at the same time this March!

Every year the Support Group organises a trip to the Panto for our families. This is an extremely popular event and costs the Support Group over £1,200 each year, as we subsidise the person with Down's syndrome and a carer. Your fundraising can help us to continue to provide this lovely family outing for our members. Oh yes you can!

Love reading?

Why not sponsor your children to read a book every day of the first three weeks of March? Or challenge yourself to read 21 pages every day?

Our Early Development Group helps children with Down's syndrome, who are under 5 years of age, to learn to read. Reading, in turn, can help develop speech and language skills, which are so vital for our children, who often have some degree of speech & language delay. The Early Development Group also helps develop number and social skills and is a great way for children and parents to make friends and share their journey together. It costs the Support Group over £2,000 a year to run the Early Development Group.

Great at cooking?

Why not sponsor your child or young adult with Down's syndrome to cook a meal for the family? Or to make 21 cookies or cakes? Or maybe you could cook a meal for friends? Maybe you could cook items to sell? Cookies, cakes or sweets? Everyone loves good food so why not take advantage of this to fundraise for the Support Group in March?

The Support Group runs a monthly youth club for teenagers with Down's syndrome at a cost of over £1,000 a year. The youth club enables our youngsters to enjoy activites such as bowling, dance, pizza making sessions, film night and many others. It is a great way for them to make friends and enjoy a social life together.

Get lots of socks!

It has been a tradition for many years now, to wear different socks for Down's Syndrome Awareness Week and/or World Down Syndrome Day. Why not join in the fun and get sponsored to wear different socks for the first 21 days of March?

It costs over £18,000 a year to provide all our services and activites. We are totally dependant on receiving donations and fundraising to help us to support those with Down's syndrome and their families

Go to the gym each week?

Why not set yourself some extra challenges at the gym this March? Maybe run 21 miles on the treadmill? Row 21 miles on the rowing machine? Cycle 21 miles on the bike? Or maybe you could do 21 squats, push ups or sit ups? Why not use your weekly gym visit to help raise funds for the Support Group as well as keeping you fit?

It costs over £1,000 a year to provide our monthly Adult Social Group. The group meet on a monthly basis and enjoy such activites as bowling, trampolining, indoor golf, attending tribute band concerts and much more. This enables our adult members with Down's syndrome to have fun, make friends and socialise.

Set yourself a sporting challenge

Why not enjoy your favourite sport and fundraise at the same time? Play tennis for 21 minutes for each of the 3 weeks? Try and score 21 goals at hockey or football over 3 weeks? Try a different sport each day? Enjoy the challenge!

Every year we organise a family activity weekend at PGL. All the family can engage in activites such as archery, canoeing, climbing, abseiling, giant swing, zip wire and orienteering. It is a wonderful social weekend for our members, building a strong sense of community. It's fantastic to see everyone achieving and having fun, no matter what their age or ability. It costs the Support Group over £1,000 to subsidise the cost of the weekend for those with Down's syndrome.

Hold a cake sale

Everyone loves a cake sale! Why not get baking? Get the kids to help making cookies, brownies and cakes! They can help with the sale too! This really is a great fundraiser and everybody benefits!

The Support Group provides group Speech Therapy to help the speech and language development of those with Down's syndrome. It costs over £6,000 a year to provide this service, which is so vital in helping our children develop their communication skills, to use in all aspects of their lives. Why not bake some cakes, organise a sale and raise funds to help a child gain the skills to be able to interact and be involved with their family, school friends and their local community? You really can make a difference!

Get some exercise!

We all know the benefits of getting out in the fresh air and taking a walk. So why not set yourself the challenge of getting out every day for the first three weeks of March? Or maybe aim to cover a cumulative distance of 21 miles over the three weeks? Everyone can get involved, toddlers to adults, walking, in a pram or a wheelchair, lets all get out there!

It costs the Support Group over £1,000 a year to provide a summer outing, each week of the summer holidays, for our families. This includes such trips as going to Southend-on-Sea, Mead Open Farm, Wicksteed Park & Paradise Wildlife Park . The Support Group pays for the person with Down's syndrome for each trip. Your fundraising helps us to provide these vital social opportunities for the whole family.

These are just a few fundraising ideas, but we are sure you can think of many more.
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We sincerely hope you will join us in our 21 Days of Fundraising Challenge in any way you can. We really appreciate every amount donated or fundraised for us. Your time and effort helps us to continue to provide essential social and educational opportunities for those with Down’s syndrome and their families. Thank you so much!

Teresa Hurley

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