Cambrian News photographer - Ysgol Penglais celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by wearing odd socks to raise money and awareness

PUPILS at Penglais School and staff in the maternity ward at Bronglais Hospital have helped celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by wearing odd socks.

The Cambrian News reported “World Down Syndrome Day was celebrated on Wednesday, 21 March, with pupils receiving prizes for the best mismatched socks.

The date for World Down Syndrome Day being the 21st day of the third month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome, Trisomy 21.

Diane Vaughan, the mother of 12-year-old Logan who has Down syndrome and attends Penglais School, told the Cambrian News that World Down Syndrome Day has been celebrated by them every year to “show Logan to feel like he fits in”.

“His previous school, Llwyn yr Eos, each year joined in with the celebration and all staff made a fantastic effort,” Diane said.

“We were overwhelmed with the support each year from Llwyn yr Eos and the way they made every effort to ensure Logan was included in every aspect.

“Now Logan is at Penglais and this year they agreed to join in the fun and have allowed staff and pupils to wear their odd socks.

“They also held competitions.

“This is great for awareness and keeping things positive and raising awareness that it’s okay to be different.

“It’s not about raising money, we just want Logan to feel like he fits in” here.

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