The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is to be ecology, arboriculture and flood risk consultants, RammSanderson’s charity of choice for 2021.

The company based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire chooses a charity to support each year and this year have made the commitment to raise £5,000 for the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Down’s syndrome is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome 21 in cells and in the majority of cases is not an inherited condition.

The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is the only charity in the UK dealing with all aspects of Down’s syndrome and its aim is to help people who have Down’s Syndrome live full and rewarding lives.

The charity is very close to RammSanderson director, Anthony Mellor, whose son Harry has Down’s Syndrome. Anthony hopes to reach the fundraising target of £5,000 by holding a number of fundraising events throughout the year to which fellow staff members, clients and other business contacts will be invited to attend.

Events are still being planned but company director Anthony has already decided to complete an ‘ultra-marathon’ by running the 45 miles between RammSanderson’s offices in Stafford and Ilkeston.

Commenting, Anthony said “As a parent I have realised just how important it is to raise awareness as well as fund raise to enable the association to support other families. The information we have received from the DSA over the last couple of years has been very valuable in helping us to understand our sons needs and development.”

Anthony added, “Whilst we plan to fundraise throughout the year, I would also like to raise awareness of the DSA campaign to change the language people use when talking about Down’s Syndrome and to people with the condition. I honestly knew very little about Down’s Syndrome a couple of years ago and how the language around Down’s syndrome could be perceived. One of the initiatives the DSA has launched is called ‘Tell it right’. This initiative particularly focuses on the language used by professionals when talking to new/expectant parents, and is particularly focused on how to deliver the news that they may be expecting a child with a chance of having Downs Syndrome.”

In order to raise the £5,000 target, Anthony has set us a gofundme page, and will be encouraging people to make online donations and visit the DSA shop to make purchases.

Anthony Mellor | RammSanderson

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