We are delighted to announce that The Peterborough School has chosen PADSG as their main charity for this school year. Championed by Charlotte Hayes, who is the charities prefect at the school. We were selected from a number of deserving local and national charities.
The school presented a cheque to last years charity, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice at their annual speech day at Peterborough Cathedral last month. They raised a large sum, so we are very excited that Charlotte and the school have chosen to raise money for our group.
Not only will the school help with fundraising the six form students are hoping to volunteer and both our drop in sessions in Paston and Casterton and many other events through out the year!
Chris King and Laura Tilley have been invited to speak at an upcoming assembly in November.
A very exciting time ahead!!!


Our Group has been chosen to be Charity of the Year by two separate organisations – SAINSBURYS in Oxney Road and The Peterborough High School. This is fabulous news and once again, will bring many opportunities for us to raise awareness about Downs Syndrome and also to raise money for our group. We are working closely with both organisations and will keep you posted about forthcoming events.

Our first organised event with Sainsburys is a ‘Bag Pack’ at the Oxney Road Store on Saturday 15th November between 10am and 2pm. Obviously, the more people we have helping out, the more money we will raise for our group so please do consider helping, even if you can only manage a half an hour.

This session aimed at under the 5s continues to take place once a month at Happy Faces in Glinton, Peterborough. Children have the opportunity to play, sing and sign. The next sessions are from 10 – 11.30am on the following Saturdays – 18th October, 8th November and 13th December.

Saturday 18th October, Kingsgate Conference Centre
This event has been brought to our attention by Peterborough City Council. It is a film and TV convention open to all but priority is given to disabled guests, their families & friends. There will be tactile costumes, props, vehicles and some celebrities from the big screen including Warwick Davis, Hannah Spearritt, Virginia Hey & Holli Dempsey. Tickets for this event cost £2.50 (Carers go for free) and can be purchased from Peterborough Tourist Information Centre. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets via the website at www.feeltheforceday.com

IMG_2872As reported earlier the Institute held its 2014 Race Night on 3rd April at The Posh ground. It was a hugely successful event which managed to raise £830.00 for one of its chosen charities, The Peterborough Area Downs Syndrome Group.
The group first started when a small group of parents decided to set up a local charity to support parents, carers and people with Down’s Syndrome in Peterborough and the surrounding areas. Over 10 years on and 120 members later, the charity offers support and information through regular drop-in sessions, speech and language therapy and an active social calendar. The charity is affiliated to the national charity the Down’s Syndrome Association and membership to our charity is free for families, carers and people with Down’s Syndrome.On 3rd June, Tara Cook, Social Secretary for the Institute, went along to visit the group at the Honeyhill Centre in Paston to present a cheque for the proceeds of our event to a very grateful Laura Tilley (Group Chair).The money will go towards supporting their members with speech or play therapy.Well done and heartfelt thanks to all who help raise this fantastic sum.http://www.localinstitutes.cii.co.uk/peterborough/AboutUs/News/tabid/2709/Default.aspx


Co-Op Manager Mark Balding with staff and Family before having his legs waxed for the Charity the Peterborough Area Down's Syndrome Group

Friends, families, staff and customers at the Stanground Co-Op store helped raise valuable funds on Saturday the 14th December. With cakes, name the bear, tombola and manager Mark Balding having legs waxed they couldn’t help but dig into their pockets to help out.

A massive thank you to all those involved and those that came and supported the group.

Co-Op Manager Mark Balding with staff and Family having his legs waxed for the Charity the Peterborough Area Down's Syndrome Group Co-Op Manager Mark Balding with Michelle Baldacchino having his legs waxed for the Charity the Peterborough Area Down's Syndrome Group Organiser of the Stanground Co-Op Fun Day, Leanne Juniper  (2nd from Right) with families of the Charity the Peterborough Area Down's Syndrome Group. LR Alison Norman, Laura Tilley, Jeanne Juniper, Karen Harris, Front, Gracie, Runby, Hannah Tilley, Lucy Harris


Teenzone Our teenage members have been thoroughly enjoying their monthly get-togethers at Teenzone which is based in Christchurch, Green Lane, Stamford. It is a chance for our Secondary School members to meet up, hang out and do the thing that teenagers enjoy doing e.g. chat, share a drink, play pool, table tennis, computer games etc. For details of dates and times please contact Maggie on 01780 444233 or maggie_scott236@btinternet.com

Friday 22nd November at 7.30pm
This is one of PADSG’s favourite events of the year and we are once again organising a booking for this great show which provides entertainment for the whole family. PADSG will provide funding for one member plus one carer and any other tickets can be purchased at £11 per person. Please complete the enclosed booking form and return it to Audrey Goodwin by 12th October. All cheques should be made payable to PADSG. Thankyou.


Many of you will be aware of the difficulties that can arise when children with Downs Syndrome are learning to ride a bike. We are very fortunate to have the skills and expertise of Richard Cooper from www.ridingabike.co.uk who has kindly offered to run two sessions for PADSG. One session will be held at Visions in Stamford on Saturday 12th October at 3-5pm. Another session will be held at Honeyhill Children’s Centre on Tuesday 15th October at 4.30-6pm. All members will need to bring their own bike and helmet. Siblings are welcome too. To give us an idea of numbers or for any questions please contact Maggie Scott on 01780 444233 or maggie_scott236@btinternet.com


We are using our links with POSH to the full and have organised a Body Shop party to be held at the London Road on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm. All money raised will go to PADSG so please come along and try to bring as many friends and family members as you can! Tickets can be purchased on the door at a bargain price of £3 which includes a drink, cake and entry into the raffle. For more information or to donate a Raffle Prize please contact Jane Jeffries on 07762 035787.