Mums band together to hold event for Down's Syndrome Awareness week
Updated 8:08am Thursday 20th March 2014 in News
TWO mums who met after their children were born with Down's Syndrome are holding an event to raise awareness of the condition.
Laura Massheder, 28, from Wintringham, and Emily Webster, 35, from Norton, became firm friends after meeting in a children's centre and have decided to mark Down's Syndrome Awareness Week which runs until Sunday, and to support the Down's Syndrome Association.
They are holding a charity coffee and cake morning at St Peter's Church in Norton from 10am to 12pm tomorrow.
Mum-of-three Emily said: "Because the charity has helped us out with so much information and been really helpful, it's our way of helping out."
The Association focuses on all aspects of living successfully with Down's Syndrome.
This year it is campaigning for better care for adults to make sure everyone with Down's Syndrome receives the annual health check with their GP they are entitled to.
Laura and Emily said the Association had been invaluable in supporting them.
Emily whose daughter Freya is now three said: "Freya was born at Scarborough Hospital and shortly after she was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome. This came as a big shock to us but after researching I found the Down's Syndrome Association, which gave me lots of information.
"She makes me smile every day, she is brilliant really and always happy. Freya is very friendly and loves being around people."
Mum-of-two Laura whose son Zac is now aged one has also taken part in running events in aid of the charity, raising £1000 in the York 10k last year and this year taking part in the Colour Me Rad 5k at Harewood House.
Laura said: "Zac was born in York District Hospital, and shortly after being born he was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome. This left me with very mixed emotions. Zac is full of mischief and a happy, healthy little boy."
The event on Friday will include tea and coffee, cakes, stalls, hand massages and a raffle.
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