A CHARITY is celebrating a decade of fundraising challenges.

Down Syndrome Cheshire, based in Northwich, will mark World Down Syndrome Day 2024 on March 21 by celebrating 10 years of its 213 challenge.

In a bid to make this year the best yet, the charity is calling on its supporters and the Cheshire community to get creative and embark on challenges following the 213 theme.

Chairman Julie Duff said: “March 21 is a really important date for us as it represents the three copies of chromosome 21 which is unique to people with Down syndrome.

“For the past decade, we’ve been so proud and grateful to the local schools, community groups and individuals who have embraced this 213 theme to raise funds and awareness for our charity. 

“We’ve witnessed all sorts of fundraisers including eating 21 cakes in three minutes, walking 21km in three hours and wearing 21 different socks in three days.”

One of the very first 213 challenges saw Helen Avraam dance with 21 men in three minutes, raising £1,000 in the process.

"Time flies whilst you are having fun! 10 years on I’m still dancing and thanks to Down Syndrome Cheshire so is our son Theo," Helen said.

"He is now 17 and has been attending dance ever since the sessions started. I suspect he is a better dancer than me now, although he favours break dancing compared to my modern Jive!

"It’s great to see the members dancing and knowing that the money I raised doing my 213 10 years ago was put to great use for our community.

"I’m not sure yet what my 213 will be this year..but looking forward to seeing what everyone gets up to raising money for the benefit of our fabulous members and their families." 

Alongside the 213 challenges, Down Syndrome Cheshire is asking crafters to help create a giant sock collage which is being put together at Sale Sharks’ stadium.

Everyone who takes part will receive a commemorative certificate and pin badge, with one lucky yarner also winning a family ticket to a Sharks home game.

Meanwhile, the Moulding Foundation recently showed its support for Down Syndrome Cheshire by providing a £5,000 grant for Chester Zoo family passes.

The passes were sent out to 70 families who were able to enjoy a day out with fellow members.

Northwich Guardian: Down Syndrome Cheshire member Jack Glover enjoying the trip to Chester ZooDown Syndrome Cheshire member Jack Glover enjoying the trip to Chester Zoo (Image: Supplied)

Julie added: “This year is set to be a breakthrough year within the Down syndrome community as we also ‘break down’ barriers for employment opportunities with our Dragon’s Den-winning friends at Standoutsocks

“Together, we’re making sure that everyone who says #iwant gets the chance to fulfil their potential.

To find out more about World Down Syndrome day and the 213 challenge, visit www.dscheshire.org.uk/.

Or to sign up to the sock collage fundraiser, visit www.justgiving.com/team/woollygoodfundraiser4dsc.