President's Charity 2019
My charity is Ups of Downs
In the summer of 2004 four babies with Down syndrome were born at Warwick Hospital.
A year later one of those mums, Nicola Enoch, started The Ups of Downs, a fortnightly group for babies with Down syndrome. Nicola took the Symbol co-worker course and attended the Down Syndrome Education International’s monthly Early Intervention Groups in Southsea and started putting ‘early intervention’ structure to the local weekly meetings. The group soon flourished as parents valued the importance of sharing information and experiences. The rest, as they say, is history.
Based in Royal Leamington Spa they work closely with IDS (Integrated Disability Service) and have the support of Warwickshire Education & Learning.
Many of the issues faced by a child with Down syndrome are not exclusive to children with Down syndrome and many training participants have commented on how informative and beneficial training sessions have been not just for the pupil with Down syndrome but for many others within their classroom.
I have chosen The Friends of the Hospital of St Cross, Rugby as my charity for the year. This is a local charity which seeks to enhance the experience of patients in Rugby through the delivery of a range of voluntary services at the hospital and shows appreciation for the NHS staff serving the community. They are particularly interested in supporting initiatives which bring services nearer to the people of Rugby.
The charity is staffed entirely by volunteers and so aim that 98p in every pound donated is spent on equipment , which is over and above that which can be provided by the NHS, for use at St Cross and in the local Community and Mental Health Services. The total value of such donations, in 2013, was over £105,000 thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
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