We are pleased to announce that our charity of 2017 is the Down Syndrome charity.
The main reason behind this being our charity of 2017 is simple, our MD and founders older brother have down syndrome and he have set out to do some personal challenges in the year ahead.
We are just finalising the actual %, but a % of our group profits for 2017 will go directly to the charity, but Andrew Halliday our founder and MD has also decided to do some events to raise money.
In January on 2017 he is going to be running a half marathon – Brass Monkey in York. 13.1 gruelling miles in the freezing cold, so while you’re all wrapped up enjoy Christmas, he will be hitting the road training.
In April of 2017 – he will take on the Manchester Marathon, a gruelling 26.2-mile run.
In June of 2017 – he will then take on the biggest challenge of them all. An Ultra marathon. A ultra-marathon by definition is any distance between 30-100 miles. While the race hasn’t been booked yet, it’s looking like a 53-mile course – by the far the furthest he has ever run and will run again.
Then later in the year (possibly August 2017) he will take on his most nervous challenge yet. Jumping out of a perfectly good plane all to raise so cash.
Children and adults with Down’s syndrome are all unique individuals with their own personalities, family backgrounds and preferences that make them who they are.
The aim of the charity is simple.
To create the conditions that all people with Down’s syndrome need to live full and rewarding lives.
Helping people with Down’s syndrome to live full and rewarding lives.
Who we are
We are the only organisation in this country focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome. Since 1970, we have grown from being a local parent support group into a national charity with over 20,000 members, a national office in Teddington, Middlesex and an office in Northern Ireland. Despite this, the organisation is run by a total staff of 36 (many of them part-time). We also work closely with over 130 local support groups throughout the UK.
Like we stated earlier, the charity has a personal connection with our MD. His older brother has the condition and back in the 1980’s there was very little support out there for new parents with children born with the condition.
If you would like to support him in his challenges you can donate here.
Each week, he will write a blog on here as he goes through his training plan, more information can be found here, also post-race updates. That’s four great challenges in 2017.
We will be creating a fundraising page in the coming weeks for anyone who wishes to support Andy in his numerous charities. He will also do a weekly blog, between now and the parachute jump with progress.
More information about the charity can be found here: http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/