HDSSG visited Sainsbury’s Market Street in Huddersfield today for the last time in our official capacity as their charity partners for a cheque presentation. We are thrilled to announce that after 12 months together we raised a whopping £6288.65 for our group.
The dedicated staff organised quiz afternoons, raffles, tombolas, fancy dress dates, they took on the 3 Yorkshire Peaks and cycled over 160 miles on their Big Bike Ride, they held Halloween and Christmas parties and a fantastic BBQ and fun day. We also joined them for a Christmas bag pack day.
Huge thanks to the staff, customers, our families and friends who made it such a success – enabling us to continue to offer a fantastic range of educational, sporting and social opportunities for our children and young people with Down Syndrome.
We have loved every minute with the store and look forward to working with their colleagues at Sainsbury’s Salendine Nook as part of our new partnership for 2015/16
Here’s a look at the wonderful ‘Thank You’ video we compiled for our Market Street mates:
What a year we have had – we are thrilled to have welcomed new members to HDSSG – Gabriel, Sophie, Katy and Rueben. SO many exciting things have happened to our group and our members over the last 12 months, here’s a little recap –
We kicked off 2013 with a trip to Xscape in Castleford in January. A brilliant day out was had for the families that joined us, with sledging and ice slide shennanigans galore. It was hard to tell who had the most fun, the kids or the adults!
In mid January we got the results of the 2012 Huddersfield Examiner Wish Campaign. We were astounded at the support and bagged a top ten position out of hundreds of local charities. We also raised £400 which we used to launch our ‘Tiny Talkers’ group.
We are proud to announce we have already topped last years token collection figures. The official results will not be in until 2014 so stay tuned!!
These fabulous funds are maintaining our speech & language programme we have renamed ‘Chatterbox’.
In early 2013 Jack Davies travelled to London to take part in a photo shoot that supported an article written for The Sun newspaper about models with Down Syndrome. Jack (pictured far right) was invited to join stars such as Seb White (Marks & Spencer model) and Harvey (Next model) to name a couple! The shoot took place at the Down’s Syndrome Association’s site in Teddington – The Langdon Down Museum.
That same weekend across town, Ruben Reuter was at the MarkThreeMedia offices at the premier of the CBBC ‘My Life’ episode ‘Breaking Free’. Ruben was one of 3 young people with Down Syndrome who were filmed in 2012 for the documentary. It aired on CBBC on the 19th February and proved so popular CBBC aired it again on World Down Syndrome day! Breaking Free later went on to be nominated for a children’s BAFTA award.
2013 saw Eureka The National Children’s Museum open their new exhibition ‘All About Me’ See if you can spot HDSSG’s Jack in the new area, from his image on the walls & windows to his silhouette on the actual interactive exhibitions and even his funky moves on the video wall!
Eureka have championed inclusion and diversity by inviting children and families from all different cultures, backgrounds and abilities to be featured in their new gallery. Brilliant.
When Boden invited our families to an open casting at their HQ in London Ben, Tess, Nina, Poppy and Oscar went along to strut their stuff! The shoot took place on the weekend leading up to World Down Syndrome Day – 21.03 is a day that typically showcases the abilities and accomplishments of person with Down syndrome and encourages independence, self-advocacy and freedom for persons with Down syndrome to make their own choices. Quite fitting!
Talking of World Down Syndrome Day – The theme of 2013 was odd socks! To show support of the day people were invited to get out their odd socks and wear them with pride. Huddersfield did us proud with many of our local schools taking part including Wilberlee in Slaithwaite where HDSSG’s Martha is pictured (left) with her teachers!
Our friends over at Shabang also made a fab video montage to celebrate you can see it by clicking here!
In April HDSSG invited Artful Playground to visit. Artful Playground is an educational theatre company that uses a range of dramatic arts disciplines as tools to enhance subject learning, build confidence and develop better social interaction between young people. Our families LOVED the interactive story ‘Just Us Three And The Sea’.
We were delighted that talented Claudio Kron Do Brazil brought his drumming workshop to our members in May. A great time was had by all that attended.
Through April and May we held several ‘Smarty Pants’ sessions which had grown from our previous ‘Tiny Talkers’ group. Parent Bernie Egan led the sessions which featured speech and language intervention, numicon and literacy activities. They were a real success and very beneficial to the members that we able to attend.
We are sad to say that Bernie and her family moved to pastures new this year and are greatly missed!
June saw the start of building works on Huddersfield’s ring road for a new leisure centre. HDSSG’s Jack can still be seen on the hoardings surrounding the site!
2013 saw some big scenes for HDSSG’s Harry who plays Leo Goskirk in ITV’s Emmerdale.
Leo and mum Rhona has some dramatic times in the soap over the summer!
The biggest storyline of all this summer for HDSSG was that of our swimmers who travelled to Bath to take part in the Special Olympics Summer Games. What a games they were! Our BOK swimmers represented Yorkshire & Humberside and didn’t disappoint. Jack Drennan, Aisling Connelly, Zoe Rank, Ruben Reuter, Joanne Kempley, Rebekah Hill and Ben Sweeney competed over 3 days at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre in Bristol. Along with coaches Gemma Hill-Wood and Ed Lim who were a fantastic support. Find out how they did here!
In the autumn we launched our new speech & language programme ‘Chatterbox’ along with qualified therapist Louise Usher. Chatterbox is open to our members aged between 3 and 13 and takes place once a month. So far it has been a huge success with 14 families taking part, the children/young people get valuable private SLT whilst having fun in familiar surroundings.
In October we invited our over 10’s to an MTV style party at PopKidz. It was an excellent night with party games, music and mocktails at the bar! Our older members had a blast and the staff at the venue were great. I think another visit will be on the 2014 calendar!
Our annual Christmas Party was a smashing afternoon, it’s wonderful to see so many of our families attend. This year the entertainment was provided by Ruben’s Retro Disco – Ruben is available for birthday’s, christening’s, bar mitzvah’s….
So there was our 2013 in a nutshell. We didn’t mention the yoga, soft play, hydrotherapy swimming, celebrating WDSD with Wakefield & District Down Syndrome Support Group, Ruben reporting for CBBC’s Newsround, HDSSG going to a SENCO network, a panto trip for 90 people or the amazing opportunities Shabang provided our members… phew!
We didn’t mention the things to look out for in 2014 either – 2 of our members – Mia & Joshua will be appearing on ‘Something Special’ with the fabulous Mr Tumble (more on that later!), Chatterbox will resume in January and there will be more fantastic events from Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group such as a trip to Nell Bank in the spring (more TBC!)
All that is left to do is to thank you all for your support over the last 12 months and to give a HUGE thank you to all our fundraisers over the last 12 months – We couldn’t be the group we are without you or offer all the activities and opportunities without your help – THANK YOU:
Darren Bagley & The West Yorkshire Fire Service Sailing Team
Suzanne Broster & friends
Rose & Crown at Cop Hill
Amelia & Fraser Griffiths
Edgerton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club
Brosters Farm Shop
Family of the late Olga Zanconato
All that have donated through our Virgin Money Giving Button
Everyone that has bought HDSSG merchandise is also included as a small percentage goes directly back to our group. I am terribly sorry if I have missed anyone from the list, you are ALL absolutely marvellous.
Here’s to another great year at Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group – see you in 2014 for more fun!
HDSSG would like to say a great big THANK YOU! to two gentlemen that ran the Bupa Great North Run to raise money for our group.
The Bupa Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon, starts in Newcastle on Tyne, concludes in South Shields, and comprises 54,000 runners. The Great North Run is a hugely popular event for all types of runner. Runners come from all over the world to experience this iconic event.
Tim Heyes and Andy Proctor completed the 13.1 miles in fabulous times and have so far raised a very healthy £230.00 for Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group. There is still time to add to this total – if you would like to, just click here!
HDSSG has lots of exciting projects and opportunities that will benefit greatly from your donations. Including helping 7 of our amazing swimmers reach the Special Olympics in Bath next year – you can read more here, and funding our Tiny Talkers targeted speech & language sessions for our early years members – find out more here.
So a huge thank you to everyone that has very kindly donated and to Tim & Andy. We are very grateful.
Royds Hall High School helped to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with a fundraising cake stall. The students baked buns in HDSSG colours and advertised the sale with some brilliantly designed posters which they displayed around the school. The additional needs team and Royds Hall TV made an informative film about Down Syndrome which was shown to every form at tutor time. A digital photo montage was also compiled with an audio track of Ruben (pictured) reading a poem.
HDSSG would like to thank Royds Hall for demonstrating such a positive proactive move – as far as we know the first high school in Kirklees EVER to recognise World Down Syndrome Day!
The proceeds of the sale – over £120, will go to HDSSG, but more importantly awareness has been raised. The students at Royds Hall ( a few of whom, statistically will be touched by Down Syndrome at some point in their own lives) have gained a greater understanding of people with Down Syndrome which will hopefully ripple outwards and help make positive changes for all our children with Down Syndrome.