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Archive for September, 2016

We love to celebrate friendships because where would any of us be without them? They’re the foundation of life! Here we have the wonderful Lou celebrating her friendships with Sarah. Life is full of trials and tribulations, but when you have a support network around you, it’s easier to keep on trucking – and so lovely to see friends give each other a shout out!

If you have a friendship you’d like to celebrate, get in touch today.

Lou’s story is in Woman Magazine this week.

freemanjamiebest-largeThis story has been a few years in the making. It was 2014 that young Benny arrived in this world and started what was to become a life changing journey. Mum Jamie wanted to connect with other families in the Down’s syndrome community, and not just on Facebook… so she started a journal, a real, leatherbound diary, which she sent off to a mum in Canada.

From Canada, the diary travelled around the US, then after two years on the road, it flew to the UK to visit four British families. The diary is now stuffed full of memories, photos and stories. It is a testament to the love and connections made in the Down’s syndrome community that the idea has proved to be such a huge success, Jamie is now sending out other diaries to make similar trips around the world.

Follow the journey here – www.thedownsyndromediary.com and catch Jamie’s story in this week’s Best.

atkinsongaryfab-largeThis is the incredible story of Gary and his gorgeous son, Thomas. Gary and Thomas’s mother split up when Thomas was a baby, leaving Gary to raise his son alone. Behavioural problems left Gary worrying about Thomas’s future and pressing for a diagnosis, which eventually led to the discovery that Thomas had foetal alcohol syndrome, a preventable condition that arises if the mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. It leaves the child with lifelong problems.

Around the time of the diagnosis, Gary also discovered he wasn’t Thomas’s biological father.

Maybe some men would have walked away at this point. But not Gary. He explains it simply – he was there when Thomas was born. His name is on Thomas’s birth certificate. He’s raised him so far, he loves him – he IS Thomas’s father. Because that’s what it takes. It is a beautiful but heartbreaking story and I am so proud of Gary for sharing.

Further information about foetal alcohol syndrome can be found here.

Gary shared his story in Fabulous Magazine here, but we have more lined up so stay tuned!