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Support for Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association continues for sixth year

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Warner Goodman LLP and Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association are delighted to announce they will be continuing with their partnership for a consecutive sixth year.  Claire Battye, Commercial Property Partner in Portsmouth, explains why the firm has decided to once again support the charity during Down Syndrome Awareness Week in March, and how everyone can join them in raising funds and awareness for the charity.

“We are delighted to have been invited by Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association to once again work with them on their awareness campaign, this year to run from 18th to 24th March,” begins Claire.  “We have worked with Ken and Rachael Ross for many years and are so proud that we have been able to support them as we have, raising over £14,000 to fund their work with local schools in the area.  All people need to do during the week is head over to their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram platforms, follow or like them and we will donate £1 for every new follow or like they receive during that week.”*

Who are Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association?

Portsmouth DSA not only provide vital services to local families, schools and the community, but also are active in campaigning government for change.  Rachael Ross, one of the founders and Chair of the charity, was recently awarded with a Portsmouth Civic Award in recognition of her contribution to the cause over the last 25 years. 

Speaking of their work, and the partnership with Warner Goodman LLP, Rachael commented, “The last 12 months in particular have been very important to us as we have increased our campaigning efforts to seek change from government.  As well as our focus on education, we have been advocating for specialist training to be made compulsory for health professionals who work with individuals with a learning disability, and last year we launched our updated training programme and guidance literature for NHS staff.  At the moment, there is no official national education programme or universal health pathway for those with Down syndrome and until this is developed and more research conducted, we will keep on doing what we can for our community in providing the support and training needed in education and healthcare.  The fact that Warner Goodman LLP are supporting us once more means a great deal as their engagement helps us reach an audience we may not have been able to before.  Their fundraising is also incredibly beneficial as we do not charge for the training we offer and so everything we do is only possible because of the generous donations from individuals and businesses such as Warner Goodman LLP.”

Claire concludes, “The Awareness Week is always an exciting time for us as we support Ken, Rachael and others involved in the charity, but is also gives us an opportunity to give something back and work together as a firm across all of our offices.  The week also kick starts our other activities to fundraise for the charity, for example entering a team in the Great South Run.  The last six years have brought many rewards to both the charity and us, so I’m looking forward to what I imagine will be another successful week.”

To support Portsmouth DSA during the week, follow them using #PortsmouthDownSyndrome, or you can find them on the following social media channels:

To find out more about the other events Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association will be hosting during the week, or how you can take part in their fundraising events, you can visit their website here.

*capped at £2,000.