Bright idea for awareness day

Thurston Primary school is running a silly socks day at Thurston  to mark Downs Syndrome Day.''FL; Pupils with silly socks on.
Thurston Primary school is running a silly socks day at Thurston to mark Downs Syndrome Day.''FL; Pupils with silly socks on.
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Inspired by a fellow pupil, school children donned brightly coloured socks to raise awareness of World Down’s Syndrome Day.

The parade of foot wear could be seen at Thurston Primary following a suggestion by Joanne Rush, whose six year-old son Oliver was diagnosed with the condition at birth and attends the school.

It was part of an international initiative with people across the globe encouraged to wear ‘lots of socks’ for the eighth awareness day.

The event was held on the 21st of the third month as Down’s Syndrome occurs when there are three copies of the 21st chromosome.

Mrs Rush, of Thurston, wants to shine a light on the condition and says that although Oliver has ‘many of the traits’ associated with Down’s Syndrome, he is a ‘happy outgoing six-year-old just like any other’. As well as being in mainstream education, he has swimming lessons and plays for Ipswich Town Mini Tractors - part of DSActive, a football programme for children and adults with Downs Syndrome. Visit www.downs-syndrome.org.uk