Northwich based Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group’s launching a unique fundraiser to help residents keep their New Year resolutions in 2019. The charity’s holding Northwich’s first ever Moochathon on 23rd March as part of its award-winning World Down Syndrome Day awareness campaign.

The 21.3-mile walk or ‘mooch’ will start and end at Hartford Hall and include parts of the picturesque Whitegate Way. The distance of 21.3 miles represents the fact that people with Down’s syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21. A Mini Mooch of 2.1km has been arranged for children and families along the Whitegate Way section of the route.

One person who’ll be signing up for the Mini Mooch is 10-year-old George Avraam who recently held a school fundraiser for the group and raised £300 for the charity that supports his brother Theo who has Down’s syndrome.

Participants are being urged to sign up for the challenge and get training now. Funds raised will be used by the charity to continue their programme of support and training to help unlock the potential of local people with Down’s syndrome and their families and carers.

CDSSG chief executive, Julie Duff comments:

“Getting active is at the heart of our campaign this year with the Moochaton and Mini Mooch both playing a key role in getting our World Down Syndrome Day awareness message across. As usual, we will be selling gingerbread sock biscuits and delivering awareness assemblies in schools. We’ve also created a fitness tracker for children to complete at school so that they can get moving and earn their biscuit!”

“It’s really great to see that people are still taking part in our wider Get Up for Down’s fundraiser. We’ve had fantastic support this year from University of Chester students and community groups, as well as many individuals who have run, walked, cycled or swam 21.3 miles or km. We are always very grateful to people who challenge themselves to help improve the lives of people who have Down’s syndrome in Cheshire.”

“Thanks to the support we receive from fundraisers, businesses and trusts this year we’ll be able to offer dance sessions, forest activities, football training, pre-school groups, family days out, training, educational and health support to people who have Down’s syndrome in our Cheshire community.”

Last year Kirsty Wagster, Louise Ollier and Victoria Woodham raised over £8,000 by taking on the Get Up for Down’s challenge. For more information about how to get involved or to sign up for the Moochathon or Mini Mooch please visit: www.getupfordowns.co.uk.

If you would like to find out more about how the charity can support your family, school or healthcare setting go to: www.cheshiredownssyndrome.com, call 01606 246171 or email: admin@cdssgroup.org.uk.