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Thank you

As a charity we rely on fund raising, grants and the generosity of others... We are so grateful for all of the donations and support we receive! Thank you to you all.

Thank you so much for your kind donation!!

We are delighted to advise you that earlier in the year, Upwards with Downs was chosen as one of three nominated Charities by a group of Businessmen in the property and construction industries who annually raise money for Charity. Chantal Staats (Molly’s mum) kindly nominated us and we were chosen from a shortlist of twelve.  

Funds were raised via three celebrity / amateur golf events in the UK and Portugal, which were hosted by Martin Jepson (Ergo Real Estate LLP), Graham Shreeves (MPG Shreeves) and Dean Manning (Structure Tone), and attended by celebrities including Jason Leonard, Sean Dyche, Alan Curbishley, Dave Beasant, Kevin Whately, John Conteh and Phil Daniels to name a few. 


Significantly, over £22,000 was raised for Upwards with Downs, which will give us so many more opportunities and we have great plans on how to spend the money.

Upwards with Downs is grateful to have received some amazing grants throughout 2018 which has help fund our speech and language therapy...

A HUGE thank you to, Essex community foundation, Harlow Educational Trust and Joseph and Lilian Sully Foundation for providing us with grants which we have used to fund our Speech and Language therapy! Speech Therapy is really beneficial to our members and we cannot thank you enough for the money we have received which is making such a difference to our members lives. 

Eddie and his team take on the 3 peaks to raise money for charity!! 

The father of our lovely member's Lily and his team completed the 3 peak challenge on behalf of 2 charities and raised an astonishing £4825.63 for Upwards with Downs! Well done Eddie and team you all done amazing job and Upwards with downs is truly grateful for your donation! 

Upwards with Downs thanks an amazing group of nurses for running 10K and raising money for our charity!!

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to a group of Nurses who took part in the Trent Park Running Club Triffic Trail running 10k and raised a fabulous £1047.50 for Upwards with Downs. Well done guys you done fantastic and we are extremely grateful to you all. This money will go towards the various events and activities the charity provides for our members.

Thanks to Essex Community Foundation we can now offer subsidised 1-2-1 swimming lessons

We recently applied for a grant from Essex community foundation which was accepted! Thanks to this kind contribution we are now able to offer 1-2-1 swimming lessons to our members at a reduced rate and will also begin to offer group fun swims for all of our members!

Thank you to Beechoak Farm Nursery for your Kind Donation

Beechoak Farm Nursery recently raised and donated £307.65 to Upwards with Downs plus a give as you earn cheque for £25. A huge thank you everyone at Beechoak Nursery for your support!

Up Snowdon for Downs!

Summer 2017 one of our very own committee member's Laura and some of her work colleagues took on Snowdon to raise money our charity. The team of 6 raised £1300 for all their hard work and determination! Well done to you all, Upwards with Downs is very grateful, a big THANK YOU to you all! 

The Harlow Bikers very kindly chose Upwards with Downs as their charity this Christmas! 

On the 5th of December they made their way to the link to meet some of our members and hand out Christmas presents!

They also came along to our Disco on the 11th December and gave out remaining presents to all of the members who attended. The generously purchased gifts were tickets to the Harlow Play House 'relaxed performance' of Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs A HUGE thank you for choosing Upwards with Downs.

Harlow Bikers Kindly Donate Christmas Presents

A Big Thank you to Mullucks Wells for your Donation

Leading estate agent Mullucks Wells in Bishop’s Stortford raised over £3,000 for two local children’s charities at a special annual fundraising meal this month. They split the money between Upwards with Downs and Grove Cottage.

Upwards with Downs Received a £1600 donation. Our Chairman Cristina Griffiths said: “This donation of £1,600 will go a long way to helping us improve the quality of life for children with Down Syndrome who often have low muscle tone. Water therapy is very effective and swimming helps immensely. We are so grateful for Mullucks Wells’ generous donation.” Mullucks Wells also donated tickets for Bishop Stortford's Christmas Pantomime, these were auctioned at our disco and helped raise a further £80!

Fund Raiser Bill Completes 7 Challenges for Upwards with Downs

Fund raiser Billy James, ran a total of almost 100 miles after taking on a Tough Mudder challenge, the Battersea Park 10km race, the Frankfurt Marathon, the Stevenage half-marathon, two Army cross country races and the Lanzarote marathon.

He decided to raise money for Upwards With Downs after his friend, Kelly Sherwood, became a member with her twins Gracie, who has Downs Syndrome, and Maxwell.

Billy, 27, who lives in Harlow and who serves in the Army as an infantry second-in-command, said: “I chose to support Upwards With Downs after Kelly had twins and her little girl was born with Downs Syndrome."

"It’s a great group and I know the money will go far there. I love running so to raise money for a good cause too is great.”



Upwards with downs are pleased to accept his kind offer as we are always looking for ways to raise money. Billy has done a fantastic job raising £720 for us. We all would like to say a huge thank you to Billy. The money will help the group continue all the activities for the children.

To sponsor Billy, visit For more information about the group, visit

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