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Call for Down's Syndrome backing.

A MUM who launched Northumberland's only education centre for children with Down's Syndrome, is calling on funders to keep the wellused facility running.

Helen Taylor, who lives at Lowgate, set up the learning group which meets at Hexham's Sure Start Children's Centre every Thursday and Saturday.

Her four-year-old son, Finlay, was born with Down's Syndrome. Children and their parents travel from as far afield as Newcastle and Blyth to use the service.

The centre, which has received funding from the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund and Children in Need in the past, receives nothing in the way of grant funding.

And now, Helen's husband Wayne is preparing to climb Africa's tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise vital funds to ensure the centre's survival. So far, he has raised in excess of PS5,000.

She said: "He is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to support the the Education Centre for Children with Down's Syndrome (ECCDS), which has just two centres here and in Newton Aycliffe.

"My involvement in setting up an ECCDS in Hexham began shortly after the birth of Finlay.

"Finlay attends weekly sessions at the Hexham group, along with other children from across Tynedale, Northumberland, Cumbria, Tyne and Wear and Durham."

The education centre at Newton Aycliffe was set up in 2005 as a branch of the Downs Syndrome Educational Trust, run by Maggie Hart.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2013
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