One of a kind project in Newton Aycliffe, Together 21 have been enjoying personal sponsored challenges at home involving the number ‘21’.

Together 21 is a project under the Pioneering Care Partnership providing weekly education sessions for babies to teens with Down syndrome and their families. The group plays an essential role in giving families a source of support, information, learning and friendship.

During lockdown, families have thrived creating their own challenges at home and sharing on social media to stay connected to their friends from Together 21. Consultant Maggie Hart was amazed at the creativity of ideas as well as the dedication the children put into tasks. Ranging from 21 different cooking recipes, 21 new books, learning 21 new signs and completing 21 Joe Wicks sessions the families have kept the spirit of teamwork alive whilst being physically separated.

Caroline Turner, mother of 3 year old Leo has said “This has shown the determination to do as much as we can to keep Together 21 up and running. We are proud to be an extended family as well as an essential support group, something that has meant more during these difficult times over the last few months.” Leo’s challenge was to walk 2.1km over 21 days using his walker.

Adults of the group have been doing their part in the 21 Challenge too by working up a sweat running 21 miles or completing 21 workouts. Parent Leanne Baister used the power of social media to raise over £500 which is essential for the group to continue, as it is entirely reliant on fundraising, grants and corporate sponsors.

21 families have taken part in the challenge and to date they have raised £9615.94! Nigel Brough, Project Manager, said “We are all so proud of the incredible work and commitment that our children and families have shown during these testing times. It’s amazing to see the group keeping the Together 21 spirit alive while social distancing.”

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