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World Down Syndrome Day: Sycamore House Day Nursery staff raise money for charity with sponsored 10-mile walk in Bishop’s Stortford





Staff at a Bishop’s Stortford children’s nursery completed a 10.2-mile fundraising walk in recognition of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).

The sponsored walk took staff at Sycamore House Day Nursery in Hadham Road on three laps of a route from Castle Gardens in the town centre to Bat Willow Hurst Country Park at St Michael’s Hurst and back.

It has so far raised more than £1,200 for Harlow-based charity Upwards with Downs. The walk took place on Saturday March 23.

Sycamore House Day Nursery staff ready for the off with children and dogs along for the journey
Sycamore House Day Nursery staff ready for the off with children and dogs along for the journey

On WDSD itself two days earlier (March 21), staff and children at the nursery marked the occasion by wearing colourful odd socks.

The idea was created because chromosomes are shaped like socks and people with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome.

Heading across the meadow between Grange Paddocks and Bat Willow Hurst Country Park
Heading across the meadow between Grange Paddocks and Bat Willow Hurst Country Park
Nursery practitioners, from left, Kim, Shana and Nicola give the walk the thumbs-up as they reach the halfway mark
Nursery practitioners, from left, Kim, Shana and Nicola give the walk the thumbs-up as they reach the halfway mark
The brightly-coloured odd socks which were worn by some of the charity walkers to represent World Down Syndrome Day
The brightly-coloured odd socks which were worn by some of the charity walkers to represent World Down Syndrome Day
Apart from a brief hail shower, the 10 miles were completed in sunny weather
Apart from a brief hail shower, the 10 miles were completed in sunny weather
Amber (top), with Kim and Shana, make it back to the nursery having walked a total of 10.2 miles
Amber (top), with Kim and Shana, make it back to the nursery having walked a total of 10.2 miles

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