UpsnDowns offers fully funded one-to-one weekly swimming lessons in Kettering, Corby, Northampton and Wellingborough to children aged 2 and over.

Two of our members have recently started swimming lessons. You can see by their faces in the photos that they are loving it.

Olivia is 6 and Matilda has just turned 4.

Children with Down’s Syndrome in general are born with lower muscle tone (hypotonia) and swimming is a very effective way to build gross motor skills and core stability. It offers many other health and recreational benefits such as:

  • Building endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • Improving muscle tone, as nearly all muscles are used during swimming 
  • Helping to maintain a healthy weight, heart and lungs
  • Improving coordination, balance and posture
  • Improving flexibility  
  • Swimming offers a low impact therapy
  • Offering opportunities to meet people, join clubs 
  • Learning a valuable life skill 
  • Benefiting mental health as it helps relieve stress and tension.

It is vital that we continue with fundraising activities to be able to provide these fantastic services to our members.

Every year, swimming lessons cost UpsnDowns £3000. As a charity, we believe this is money very well spent.

If you would like to make a donation today, please click here. Thank you so much for your support.

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UpsnDowns are excited to announce two very special guests for the next Annual Charity Sporting Dinner, Saturday 23rd March at Wicksteed Park Pavilion, Kettering.

This year, UpsnDowns welcomes two incredible sportsmen from the world of football and rugby union - Gordon Strachan (former Celtic and Scotland Manager and Manchester United legend) and Tom Wood (Northampton Saints and England International Rugby Union player).

This event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for UpsnDowns, last year we raised a total of £13,000.  It is an event that everyone talks about for a long time afterwards too! A fun night not to be missed.

Our Charity Dinner, together with all the other fundraising that takes place during the year AND the generous donations UpsnDowns receives, enables us to provide an amazing range of fully funded services to our members throughout the year. These services include 1-2-1 swimming lessons, speech therapy, occupational therapy, sing & sign sessions, training for teaching staff and more.

Tickets for the UpsnDowns Charity Sporting Dinner are £50. This includes a 3-course meal, drinks reception, wine on the table, LIVE music and a disco. On the night there will be a live auction and raffle with some fantastic prizes.

So, get your friends and family together and get your table booked. Don’t leave it too late.

Get in touch with Karen for tickets, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07817 735204.

Experience Days have very kindly donation  an experience gift certificate up to the value of £50 (or an open £50 certificate) or a 15% discount on any items from their website”

Massive thank you to all at Experience Days for this gift this will be used in our christmas raffle so if your intrested in wining this prize please get in touch

Local charity Ups ‘n’ Downs were delighted to welcome Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Danny Posthill to their 2017 Charity Dinner held at Wicksteed Park Pavilion on Saturday September 30th.

Danny’s hilarious impressions left an audience of more than 200 guests in stitches as he delivered a first class act that saw him get to the final of the ITV series in 2015.  Danny stayed on to the end of the evening, mixing with guests and keeping everyone superbly entertained.

The seventh annual dinner hosted by the charity was well supported by local business this year with estate agents Lane & Holmes and the county’s largest independent builders merchant Hevey contributing significantly to the total funds raised on the evening. 

Over £8,000 was made on the evening which will go a long way in underpinning the activities of the charity in their support of families affected by Downs Syndrome in Northamptonshire in 2018.

For further information about Ups ‘n’ Downs and the services it provides to members across the county, please contact the secretary, Karen Smith on 0777 1717 460.