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Fundraisers will be rocking their odd socks at Rotherham Hospital on March 21 to mark World Down Syndrome Day.
Wearing miss-matched socks is usually a sign someone has got dressed in the dark, but The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Antenatal and Newborn Screening Team also hope it will raise awareness about Down syndrome.
The team are inviting patients, their families and colleagues to show off their funky footwear at their fundraising event at Greenoaks, where they will be selling cakes and hosting a raffle between 9am and 5pm.
Jackie Durban, one of the Trust’s lead midwives for antenatal and newborn screening, said:
“We’re really excited to be involved in this year’s worldwide campaign to raise awareness about Down syndrome and wearing odd, colourful socks will hopefully be a great ice breaker to get everyone talking.
“Our role in the Antenatal and Newborn Screening Unit is to support families through the screening process and to help them make informed decisions about their future if they are given unexpected results. Just like any diagnosis, learning about Down syndrome can be an unsettling and anxious time for parents.
“We hope our event will help us to raise awareness about the wealth of medical and non-medical support there is in Rotherham and nationally to support parents in their decision making and planning for the future.”