This year the Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Linda Winter, has chosen Down’s Syndrome Derby as one of her good causes to support locally.

Down’s syndrome, also known as Down syndrome, is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning and characteristic physical features.

The NHS reports that approximately 775 babies are born with the condition each year in England and Wales.

Down’s Syndrome Derby (DSD) meet regularly to make a positive difference to children and adults with Down’s syndrome who live in the East Midlands .

The charity works with members’ families, friends, teachers and anyone else affected in anyway. It provides practical support, activities and advice wherever and whenever it is needed.

DSD also celebrates its members’ success stories and assists when there are challenges ahead.

It has set up speech and language sessions for pre-school children right through to the end of secondary school.

Members aged 16 to 24 also take part in group activities including swimming, bowling and picnics.

You can donate to the charity using their Just Giving page or for more information telephone 01332 840 817.

Published: Thursday 8th December 2016