THREE woman have helped raise more than £8,000 for a Northwich Down’s syndrome charity, by completing a three-month fitness challenge.

Kirsty Wagster, Louise Ollier and Victoria Woodham ran, swam, walked and cycled 213 miles for Northwich-based Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group (CDSSG) in the ‘Get Up for Down’s’ challenge.

The 213-mile challenge, which launched on January 1 and ran through to World Down’s Syndrome Day, March 21, represents three copies of Chromosome 21 – unique to people with Down’s syndrome.

The charity, based off Witton Street, supports more than 100 people with Down’s syndrome – and their families – across Cheshire.

Louise, part of the challenge-completing trio, said: “I turned to CDSSG after my second son, Jasper, who happens to have Downs Syndrome, was born.

“They have been a massive support to our family over the last four years or so, in many ways.

“I was petrified of what the future might hold when Jasper got his diagnosis but CDSSG have been there every step of the way. That's why I wanted to give something back to the charity by doing a little fundraising for them.

“I started the challenge in January believing it wouldn't be that difficult but after missing lots of runs due to various family illnesses I began to feel the pressure.

“I completed the challenge with only one day to spare. The high point was realising how generous friends and family were and how much CDSSG means to them as well as me."

CDSSG chief executive Julie Duff said: “We are very fortunate that Kirsty, Louise and Victoria all decided to take up the challenge and raise much needed funds for our charity.

“Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group is entirely self-funded and relies on support from families and volunteers.

“213 miles is not an easy task and we are so grateful for the funds raised which will help us to support people with Down’s syndrome and their families. It’s a fantastic achievement.”

You can find out more about the group and how to support them by visiting