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Down's South London KIDS WALK 300

1 team member

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p][b]Determined youngsters with Down’s Syndrome take up 300 mile challenge to fundraise for their own therapy[/b][/p][p]The Down’s South London KIDS WALK 300 (#DSLWalk300) challenge is raising money for Down’s South London (DSL), a small charity based in Peckham, to replace more than £50,000 of lost income that the charity has suffered this year due to the pandemic. The service, offered free to families, is paid for by voluntary donations and through a range of fundraising initiatives by DSL’s trustees, families, their friends and supporters. [/p][p][b]Our team:[/b][/p][p]We are a group of fifteen determined children, aged from just two to nine years old, embarking on an epic challenge to complete a 300 mile journey between us. We all have Down's Syndrome, and will be crawling, walking, running, scooting, cycling and swimming, to cover the equivalent distance from Land’s End to Peckham in south London, where our therapy is based, in a virtual challenge.[/p][p]We all either currently attend (or previously attended) DSL’s therapy services, which provide a unique package of early intervention speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational/sensory therapy, delivered by a team of highly skilled therapists with specialist knowledge of how young children with Down’s Syndrome develop.[/p][p]This physical challenge is particularly demanding as children with Down’s Syndrome typically have some level of hypotonia, or low muscle tone, which for many means it has taken longer to learn to walk than it would for a typically developing child.[/p][p]Our team are (in age order): Leila (9), Theodora (6), Tristan (5), Imany (5), Elijah (5), Beth (5), Emma (5), Eugene (5), Elliott (4), Orla (4), Zephy (3), Lucy (3), Ned (3), Mara (2) and Olive (2). [/p][p][br][/p][p]We are sharing our journey on [url=https://www.instagram.com/downssouthlondon/]Instagram[/url] and Facebook via [url=https://www.facebook.com/DownsSouthLondon/]@downssouthlondon[/url] and on Twitter via [url=https://twitter.com/downssouthldn]@downssouthLDN[/url] . [/p][p]Media coverage of our challenge so far includes [url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-54553272]BBC News Online[/url], [url=https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/kids-put-their-best-feet-forward-to-collectively-walk-300-miles-to-raise-money-for-downs-south-london/]South London Press[/url] and the [url=https://brixtonblog.com/2020/10/orla-and-the-fantastic-fundraisers/]Brixton Blog [/url][/p][p]Full press release [url=https://docs.google.com/document/d/1srVuYjaoPehXVLJ9odi1adnCjxrBH8bv3odsruRcxzA/edit]here[/url][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]About Down’s South London (DSL): [/b][/p][p]Founded in 1998, Down’s South London provides vital free services to children with Down’s Syndrome and their families in South London. The children access a unique package of early intervention speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy from a team of highly skilled therapists with specialist knowledge. Over the last 22 years it has supported hundreds of children and their families. DSL is also a family support network, providing much needed support and information sharing as well as valuable friendship opportunities for parents/carers and the children themselves. Our service is paid for by voluntary donations and through a range of fundraising initiatives by DLS's families, friends and wellwishers. We're run by a group of parent volunteer trustees to ensure all proceeds go directly to the therapy service.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Why is DSL therapy special? [/b][/p][p]DSL's service targets areas of therapy that are too often either unavailable to families, too infrequent or not specialised enough to make a real difference to our children. Early intervention is vital and, with waiting lists for the NHS growing, we encourage early referrals, right from birth. [/p][p]DSL’s specialist therapists see each child weekly, providing them with a personalised multi-disciplinary therapy programme to assist their development in all these areas and lay the foundations for them to grow into independent adults who contribute actively to society.[/p][p][br][/p][p]For additional information visit: [url=http://www.downssouthlondon.org/]http://www.downssouthlondon.org[/url][/p][p][br][/p]
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Event

Personal Challenge Date

17 Oct 2020

Supporters

Oct 31, 2020

Anonymous

Great effort Mara! Love from Richard nikki mya and Robert

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2020

Heather Davidson

This reminds me of the fundraising toddles we used to do when I was small. I don't think we tried to walk so far so Well Done! You all deserve a rest and maybe a delicious snack!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2020

Tanya

A fantastic achievement. Keep up the brilliant work Ned!! Love from Astrid, Logan and Tanya xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2020

Hywel

good luck Mara! xx Hywel

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2020

Nikki French

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2020

With love from Keya and family

Well done Leila and friends! xxx

Oct 31, 2020

Ed Fi

Go for it :-)

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2020

Anonymous

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2020

Anonymous

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2020

Katja Maya

Grande Leila 💓 You are all doing an amazing job.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Down's South London KIDS Walk 300

Down's South London KIDS Walk 300