Staff wear silly socks for World Down's Syndrome Day

Gaby Hardwicke staff with socksLast Thursday staff at Gaby Hardwicke’s four offices wore a variety of weird and wonderful socks to work as part of the eighth World Down’s Syndrome Day.

Bright-coloured, extra-long, flamboyantly patterned and mismatched socks were the order of the day, and each participant donated £1 to Eastbourne and District Mencap. The idea was for the socks to be unmissable, so that people would ask about them and learn about World Down’s Syndrome Day. Gaby Hardwicke staff raised £50 in donations.

Eastbourne Mencap Chief Operating Officer, Paul Durrant, said: “More than 25% of our residents have Down’s syndrome and we think that digging out a fun pair of socks and drawing attention to the fact there are many people in Eastbourne living with disability is a fabulous idea.

“People with Down’s syndrome generally have a delay in cognitive ability and physical growth. This is caused by having an extra chromosome. However, with the help of Eastbourne Mencap they can live happy and rewarding lives.”

Eastbourne and District Mencap has three residential homes in Eastbourne – Sedgemoor & Framley, Arundel Road in Upperton and Greensleeves in Langney. It also runs a day care centre, The Hive of Activity, on Pevensey Road, Eastbourne.

To see a photo collage of some of Gaby Hardwicke’s staff’s funky socks, visit our Facebook page.

Posted: 26 March 2013

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