Paul Carragher running the Brighton Marathon for SCOPE
Our colleague Paul Carragher is running this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 12th April at 9.15am.
Paul will be running for SCOPE for his 13 year old niece who has Down’s syndrome.
Down’s syndrome is a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome 21 in the body’s cells. Down’s syndrome is not a disease, and it is not a hereditary condition. It occurs by chance at conception.
Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. They provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year. They raise awareness of the issues that matter. And with your support, they'll keep driving change across society until this country is great for everyone.
Key facts about Down’s syndrome: Did you know…?
•Around one in every 1000 babies born in the UK will have Down’s syndrome.
•There are over 40,000 people in the UK with the condition.
•Although the chance of a baby having Down’s syndrome is higher for older mothers, more babies with Down’s syndrome are born to younger women.
•Down’s syndrome is not a disease. People with Down’s syndrome are not ill and do not “suffer” from the condition.
•Today the average life expectancy for a person with Down’s syndrome is between 50 and 60. A considerable number of people with Down’s syndrome live into their 60s and beyond
Paul is looking to raise at least £400. His personal page to receive donations is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulCarragher
Please donate in order to raise some much needed funds for SCOPE.