Down's Syndrome charity gets set for 30 days of fundraising
Volunteers and supporters of the Wakefield and District Down’s Syndrome Support Group are busy limbering up for a ‘Super September’ of fundraising.
And a whole raft of activities await – including a Tough Mudder challenge, a glitzy race night and a mouthwatering Krispy Kreme sale.
The month-long fundraising appeal, using MyDonate, hopes to raise £1,700. This will be used to enable the charity to hold a specialist training conference on October. The conference is aimed at professionals and parents/carers of people with Down's Syndrome.
A brighter future through better understanding
Formed in 2000, the support group is run entirely by volunteers who are parents and carers of people with Down’s Syndrome.
The group offers a Saturday club, youth activities, gymnastics and regular social outings. Training is available for parents, as well as free access to a library and other resources, including multisensory toys and outdoor play.
Claire Fisher, vice-chair of trustees for the charity, who is also taking on a nine-mile sponsored run, is very clear as to why holding the conference is so important.
She says: “We want to make sure that all the local professionals who work with our children are up-to-date with their knowledge about Down’s Syndrome. This includes the learning profile of a child with Down’s Syndrome as well as visual and sensory issues, all of which are covered in the training conference.”
Claire adds: “The training conference also aims to inspire families and demonstrate what people with Down’s Syndrome can achieve. We want to equip parents and professionals with the knowledge and skills to facilitate high aspirations.”
Reaching a wider audience through MyDonate
Claire says: “It would not have been possible for us to do an appeal like this before we were using MyDonate. By using MyDonate we will be able to reach out to 500 Facebook supporters and our followers on Twitter. We need to raise a significant amount of money from the ‘Super September’ fundraising drive to ensure that we can pay for the conference, without diverting group funds from other activities.”