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Hands Up For Down's receive SwansAid funding

Hands Up For Downs this week received a grant from SwansAid totalling £1,800 after successfully applying to the Club's grant-giving pot.

The local organisation, that is hoping to achieve charitable status this year, were presented with the funds from members of the Community Trust, as well as Lee Trundle.

Using the funds to pay for sports sessions for the group’s young members, Hands Up For Down's aims to develop the childrens' motor skills.

“We are planning to use the funds to deliver dedicated gymnastics and swimming sessions for our young members,” said Sam Fisher from Hands Up For Down's. “These will be dedicated sessions with coaches who are qualified to work with children with additional needs.”

Officially formed in May 2014, Hands Up For Down's is a parent run support group for children with Down’s Syndrome (DS) and their parents who are based in Swansea and the surrounding areas.

Prompted by unusually high birth rates of babies born with DS in 2012, the organisation was the first group dedicated to providing support to children with DS, as well their parents or carers. As well as providing support to parents who may feel isolated, they also encourage the children to take part in physical activity.

“It is vitally important for children with DS to lead active lifestyles as, due to differences in their metabolism. they have to work harder to maintain a healthy body weight, and sport is a perfect way to do this,” Sam continued.

“The reason we are so keen to enable our children to develop their motor skills is that key milestones in babies’ development that are taken for granted, such as sitting, crawling, standing and walking, are often significantly delayed,” she added.

It is hoped therefore, that through participation in gymnastics and swimming, the youngsters’ general and physical development will improve

“This grant will really help us as a group to support our families in enabling their children to lead more active lifestyles,” she finished.

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