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Always brings a proud smile to my face to write about the Down’s syndrome community. This piece for the Sun was one we organised back in March so it’s great to finally see it in print, just in time for World Down’s syndrome Awareness Month. Four mums tell readers why their children deserve to be celebrated for bringing sunshine into their families.

In the age of NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) the Down’s syndrome community fear that terminations will increase and the community will begin to shrink. What a sad world that would be. Let’s hope that alongside the new testing technique, we’ll see an improvement in the ‘bedside manner’ of medical professionals, who need to offer a realistic portrayal of what life with the condition actually looks like, in today’s world, not the 1970s.

For advice and support, Future of Downs is an excellent website. And you can read the Sun story in full here.

I adore Tyler – he’s been through an extremely difficult and dark chapter but he’s determined to use his experiences to help other children. And he’s still only 11 years old.  Tyler has Asperger’s syndrome but for a long time, he couldn’t communicate how he was feeling or what he was going through. His dedicated, wonderful mum Tracy perservered and supported him, even sleeping on the floor beside his bed.

In time, Tyler was given the extra support he needed and he’s now flourishing – he wrote a book, Invisible Me, to help other kids, but he’s so wise, he can help adults while he’s at it. You can buy the book through the Marie Curie website here. 

Out in Bella now.

So proud to write about incredible people like Kim – after contracting sepsis all four limbs were amputated but Kim has not once lost her wonderful spirit, courage and strength. Yesterday the Sunday People covered her latest milestone – a 3D printed bionic Hero Arm.

As you can see from the picture, this means that Kim can now fist-bump grandson Oliver, as well as brush her own hair and hold her own cutlery – little every day tasks we all take for granted.

Kim desperately needs donations so that she can afford another arm for her left side. If you can donate, please do, every penny counts! Click here for her campaign. 

You can read the story in full here. 

This is the beautiful, poignant story of Aimee and Daniel and their mum Theresa, who sadly passed away after a battle with breast cancer when Aimee and Daniel were kids. Years later, Aimee is looking back on her memories and how her mum shaped her into the woman she is today. It is a powerful read, with Aimee sweetly reminiscing and going into detail about all the little things she misses.

Aimee is raising awareness and funds for Walk the Walk – a brilliant breast cancer charity. Her story is out now in Bella.

 

Well this story has me cutting onions, that I can tell you. The beautiful, poignant story of little Kaiden, whose heart is sadly broken. There is so much love in the Welch family and Kaiden is wise beyond his years. His mum, Kyra, shares his story in Woman’s Own this week and it’s a heartbreaking read. He’s an absolute champ and we love him!

It’s postnatal depression awareness week and to mark the campaign, we shared Amber’s story in Reveal. Amber’s an extraordinary woman who is determined to tell her story in order to help other mums realise that motherhood is really hard – and that’s okay.
With searing honesty, Amber explains how she just did not like being a mother. It’s a role she has come to love and her journey to where she is now needs to be heard. Too many women feel the burden of ‘perfection’ coming at them from all corners. (Instagram has so much to answer for!)
If you need support through the early steps of parenthood, visit PANDAS for support,

I am in awe of the commitment and sacrifice Mary and Steve have made in the name of the dogs they love so much. They’ve spent 300k of their own savings setting up and running Street Dog Watch Association, taken nearly 100 dogs into their own home and saved, nursed and rehabilitated countless more. Plus, they’re working hard to reduce the street dog population in Kerala, India, in a compassionate and sensible way.

As an animal lover myself, I absolutely love writing about people like Mary. She’s run out of her own money now and desperately needs support, so if you love dogs and would like to help Mary’s mission, visit her website here or on Facebook here

The story was out in last weekend’s Love Sunday – you can read it online here.

In Bella this week, the beautiful story of Jeni and her daughters, Effie and Blythe, who both have a rare form of Down’s syndrome. It’s incredibly rare for more than one child in a family to have Down’s syndrome, and Jeni explains how lucky she feels with such wondrous love for her children, it is a truly gorgeous read.

Out now in Bella!

This beauty is Kate, a 19 year old model and now, crowned winner of Teen Ultimate Beauty of the World. Kate has Down’s syndrome and is on a mission to advocate equality. She is beautiful inside and out and an absolute joy to work with. Humble, kind, funny and so charismatic, I can see why her mum could hear the judges laughter through the walls during Kate’s pageant interview!

To find out more about Down’s syndrome, this website is the absolute best: The Future Of Downs

If you’d like to enter the fantastic, inclusive and wonderful Ultimate Beauty pageant, check out their website here.

Kate’s story was in the Sunday People and you can read it in full here.

For this glorious piece, mums Pippa, Emma and Vicky wrote themselves an open letter, going back in time to the day they found out their beautiful children had Down’s syndrome. The letters are poignant, powerful, funny, sweet and so lovely. Just like their children! I am so proud to work for the Down’s syndrome community, doing what we can to represent the reality of Down’s syndrome in the media so that families of the future understand that it’s not to be feared. Down’s syndrome has made these incredible children who they are.

Out now in Best. I worked on this piece in partnership with The Specials, which is a wonderful project. Check out their videos here.