PARENTS have launched a new charity for families with children who have Down's Syndrome.

Ups n Downs was started by a small group of parents and meets every Tuesday morning at the children’s centre near Manor School in Raunds.

The group has already put on music therapy and sing and sign sessions but it hopes to raise enough money to organise other activities.

Chairman Tom Rees, of Rushden, whose two-year-old son Freddie has Down’s Syndrome, said: “When we had Freddie the thing we found most reassuring was to talk to other families who had similar experiences.

“We started a year ago with only three famliies but now we have 11 and we hope now we have charity status more families will join us.

“We have run music therapy and sing and sign sessions but we would like to do more to help with their cognitive development.

“We also want to develop a parents’ pack and want to send out other packs to places like schools and GP surgeries about the condition.

“We want to encourage people to talk about people who have Down’s Syndrome rather than saying someone has Down’s Syndrome.”