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Once upon a time in an land far away, well in Peterborough at Honeyhill Children’s Centre some very clever elves learnt lines, sang songs and rehearsed a show for all the lovely boys and girls to come and watch. Oh yes they did!

The kind elves have reserved tickets for for PADSG members for the 2pm show on Saturday 22nd December, if you can please let us know if you can attend by Tuesday 18th December PADSG members and families will receive their tickets for free, however we have a limited number of tickets and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please let Laura Kelsey know ASAP if you would like tickets and how many children and adult tickets by contacting her via this site, our Facebook page or the email address in the email sent out to members today (11/12/18)

Looking forward to seeing you all for a fun afternoon.

If you are online shopping this Christmas please remember to use Easyfundraising and help to raise money for our group.

It’s a really simple way to raise money for us through your everyday online shopping with over 3,300 big name retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and ASOS, and it’s completely free!

Please support us: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/padsg/

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It was lovely to see so many of our members at our Christmas Party, our celebrations continue this weekend with our fundraising Christmas Concert.

Singing for Fun and Chloe’s Dance Company dancers will be joining Peterborough Area Down’s Syndrome Group for a Christmas Concert

On Sunday, 9th December 2018 at 2:30pm at St Mary’s Church in Duddington

There will be songs from musicals, carols, dancing and plenty of fun.

Many of our members have been enjoying dance classes with Chloe and in addition to their phenomenal performance at The Cresset this year they will be performing a dance for us at this concert.

We would love to see the church full, please support us and bring your family and friends. This event is one of our many fundraising opportunities that help to keep our group running. To continue to provide the services we do such as speech and language therapy we must raise in the region of £12,000 every year.

2016 Concert

Helen Harber fights against cancer for the sixth time., Helen was enjoying a relaxing summer with her adorable son; Luke, and her partner, Stephen. The previous few years had been an emotional and physical roller coaster ride, with two bouts of breast cancer, a lumpectomy, and double mastectomy. Finally, she felt that she was on the road to recovery, and was moving forward again. She felt happy with the love of her life, who was also incredibly supportive towards both her and her son, Luke, who although being a typical 14 years old, also had the challenges of Down Syndrome. Out of the blue, Helen, then aged 49, was devastatingly diagnosed with two extremely rare uterine cancers, called Carcinosarcomas. Werrington, Peterborough Monday 31 July 2017. Picture by Terry Harris.

Helen Harber.

We are heartbroken to let you know that Helen Harber, mother of Luke, passed away yesterday morning.

As many of you know, Helen lived with cancer for some time and took it on with gentle positivity. We will share further details of Helen’s funeral and remembrance by email, but in the meantime all our thoughts are with Luke, Stephen and their family.

If you have any questions around supporting Luke in the group in the weeks and months ahead, the Down’s Syndrome Association guidance on handling bereavement is published here

Laura and Maggie

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From Queensgate:

We’re delighted to announce the return of our popular and highly valuable EnAbled shopping event.

First launched in 2017, the EnAbled Shopping event provides a relaxed and comfortable shopping environment for disability groups, carers and individuals with specific needs, of all ages and abilities.

Plus, this year, guests will be able to enjoy the evening while the centre has its Christmas decorations on in full display.

On Friday 7 December, low-volume soothing music will play throughout the centre, the lights will be dimmed throughout the evening, and the tannoy system will be turned off. There will be ‘quiet zones’ manned by friendly staff, sensory areas and even a dog station for guide dogs.

Our friendly, trained staff will wear easily identifiable clothing and will be on hand to answer all your questions. Expect to see greetings stations with free refreshments throughout the centre, where shoppers can get information about the evening as well as exclusive discounts and pictorial mall guides.

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Invitations have been emailed out in the last few days, please contact Laura or Maggie if you’ve not received your invitation. Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can get everything ready.

Peterborough Area Down’s Syndrome Group’sChristmas Party

is on

Sunday, 25th November 2018

at 4pm to 7pm

There will be music, dancing, crafts, food, sweets, a chocolate fountain and a visit from a very special guest.

Click here for more information but also let us know your details so you’ll receive emails in future.

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Babble Group at Happy Faces, Glinton PE6 7JR

For our younger members, just come along and have fun with soft play and snacks.

First Saturday of each month 10 to 11.30am, here are the dates for the rest of this year and all of next year.

November 3rd 2018

December 8th 2018 (Christmas party)

Sat 12th Jan 2019 (instead of the 5th)

Sat 2nd Feb, 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May, 1st Jun, 6th July, 7th Sept, 5th Oct, 2nd Nov

Xmas party sat 14th Dec 2019

Next session for Caroline & Sophie’s group is 20th November. 2019 dates to be arranged.

The next dates for Hayley’s group sessions are:

Tuesday 20th November 2018 – 5 to 6 pm

Tuesday 18th December 2018 – 5 to 6 pm

Tuesday 15th January 2019 – 5 to 6 pm

Tuesday 12th February 2019 – 5 to 6 pm

Tuesday 19th March 2019 – 5 to 6 pm

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – 5 to 6 pm

Tuesday 21st May 2019 – 5 to 6 pm

Tuesday 11th June 2019 – 5 to 6 pm

Tuesday 16th July 2019 – 5 to 6 pm

Any issues contact Laura Kelsey Lmkelsey@sky.com