At the AGM in September, we celebrated the achievement of all the children who had raised money for our sponsored channel swim (all the distances the children swam individually in their local pools were added together). Thanks to their efforts, we raised nearly £1,300!
Who better to present the medals than British rower Cath Tillett (formerly Bishop), World Champion and winner of the coxless pair silver medal in Athens 2004, along with Katherine Grainger. All the children were delighted to received their medals – from a sporting legend to the next generation of Olympic hopefuls!
Every Friday and Saturday while the speech and language sessions are running, DEx also runs a stay and play group (with the emphasis very much on the play!). This a chance for parents and carers to chat and share news, and have a well-deserved cuppa, while the children and their siblings enjoy carefully planned activities. Singing, painting, dressing-up, making music or just enjoying the toys – all the children have a great time.
This year we were lucky enough to be chosen by two companies to be their Charity of the Year. From January, the business law firm Davenport Lyons has carried out all sorts of fundraising activities and donated over £6,000 so far. And in August, the staff at Sainsbury’s in Islington nominated us to be their Charity of the Year, which means we get exclusive bucket-shaking rights for one weekend a month at the store, and the support of the Sainsbury’s team with fundraising and volunteering.
This sort of support is wonderful as it allows us to provide extra support and activities for the children. Thank you!
The 6th Downright Excellent AGM was held at Golden Lane in London and what an AGM it was! Around 70 people (half of them children) packed into the main hall to find out what’s been happening over the past 12 months. We heard how well the fundraising is going, thanks in part to fantastic individual achievements, and got some excellent feedback from our families on the sorts of things we should be trying to achieve as a charity.
For most of us though, the highlight was a sensational performance from StopGap dancers Chris Pavia and Hannah Sampson. Their modern dance was choreographed by Chris and bought the house down – we look forward to seeing them perform again soon!
Exciting news! Downright Excellent has been shortlisted for a National Lottery Award.
Our project to expand support for our 0-9 year olds has been chosen as one of 10 finalists in the NLA Education section. Although this project has been partly funded by the Big Lottery Fund [Big], we now have a great opportunity to support this important work even further.
The public decides who will win by voting – by phoning in, using the NLA website or via Facebook
Downright Excellent (DEx) provides weekly speech and language therapy sessions at Golden Lane Children’s Centre for children aged 0-9. We also provide quality play experiences for children with Down syndrome and their siblings, plus education and support for parents and carers. The sessions run on Friday mornings for ages 0-4 and Saturday mornings for ages 5-9.
We follow research on Early Intervention from the Down Syndrome Educational Trust.
We offer our families:
- Age appropriate Speech and Language Therapy groups
- Stay and play for children (when not in their SLT group)
- Informal parents support group during stay and play
- Small lending library of publications and DVDs
We meet on Fridays and Saturdays during term-time from 9-1pm, – see ABOUT US for more information.
Families attending Downright Excellent contribute £10 per week towards running costs. Contributions are waived for families receiving workless benefits and we provide hands-on support and advice to all families in obtaining grant support where possible. We aim to provide the best possible service to all of our families, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Mark Pudge and Sandra Tucker of City.Comm present a cheque for £4750 to Lucy Newham and Debra Carlin. The money is from the surplus left after the winding up of the old Golden Lane nursery in the Barbican which Downright Excellent is hoping to take over and renovate in the future.