March 2019: Sixth Form students raise money and awareness of Down Syndrome

TWO sixth form students organised a special sale at Haslingden High School for World Down Syndrome Day.

Rob Shatliff, 17, and Ellie Counsell 18, arranged to sell gingerbread socks in the sixth form centre and hold a stall during break in the lower school.

They are both members of East Lancashire Down’s Syndrome Support Group, which was founded by Rob’s parents Phil and Rachel after the birth of Rob’s younger brother Lucas, 12, who has Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets on the first Saturday of each month at Whitewell Bottom Community Centre and Rob and Ellie attend and help out.

The group had bought lots of items to sell for World Down Syndrome Day including gingerbread socks, pin badges, trolley keys, wristbands and more.

Ellie said: “We did really well and opened our stall at break with the intention of then opening it again at lunch to sell any remaining items but it went so well we only had a few badges left.

“We do different activities at the group on a theme; there is a weekend away at Blackpool and we do an annual walk.”

Rob said: “We have a lot of people of all ages that go along to the group and there is always someone new starting. It is good fun and it is a laugh with the children.

“We did a car wash to raise money and also last year we completed a skydive which involved eight members of the group including my mum, but she didn’t enjoy it.”

The sale raised £80 for the support group.