ShearerDowie-1Friday 9th March will undoubtedly go down as a very memorable date in the history of our young charity. With the magnificent support of our families, our friends, our colleagues and local fans and followers of the legendary Alan Shearer, we successful raised over £20,000 for Ups’n’Downs and the Down’s Syndrome Association.

The invaluable contributions made by the event committee, the DSA and all those people and businesses who donated raffle and auction items, ensured that our event at Wicksteed Pavilion was a phenomenal success. The Trustees of Ups’n’Downs would like to place on public record, their sincerest thanks for the support received from everyone involved.

It was with a tremendous amount of pride that we were able to secure the time of two true football legends for the Black Tie dinner last Friday.

Both Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie took time out of their very busy personal and professional schedules to lend their support to our cause and both ended up thanking us for inviting them at the end of a memorable evening for everyone who attended.

Amongst the many highlights of the evening was, of course, the hugely entertaining interview of Alan and Iain by former Sky Sports frontman Matt Lorenzo. Both candid and humorous, the two former international strikers recalled some of their most memorable and magical moments during their time at the very top of the English game as players, managers and pundits. Comedian (not former Aberdeen footballer!) Willie Miller contributed with 30 minutes of hilarity which local DJ Aaron Phillips concluded an unforgettable evening’s entertainment.

And amongst all the on-stage activity, we even managed to squeeze in a few fundraising activities including raffles and auctions which helped us to achieve our target and keep the charity in a healthy financial position for the years to come, together with making a sizeable donation to the national Down’s Syndrome Association.

Thanks again to everyone who attended and supported the evening and please watch this space for details of future events.

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

The Ups n Downs group was started by a small group of parents who meet at the children's centre near Manor School in Raunds every Tuesday.

One of the aims of the group is to change people's perceptions and encourage them to change the way they refer to individuals who have Down's Syndrome.

Group chairman Tom Rees, whose son Freddie is among the youngsters who attend the group, said: "We should refer to people as children with Down's Syndrome, rather than Down's children or people."

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.”