Charity ball to help Sunderland children with special needs

Nicola Naisbett with her one year old son Jenson and daughter Lily aged four.'She is organising charity ball in aid of a group which supports children with Down's Syndrome.''Jensens's birthday is at the end of September, he will be two years old on 26/09/2013

Nicola Naisbett with her one year old son Jenson and daughter Lily aged four.'She is organising charity ball in aid of a group which supports children with Down's Syndrome.''Jensens's birthday is at the end of September, he will be two years old on 26/09/2013

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A BALL is being planned to raise cash for a charity which supports youngsters with special needs.

Fence Houses mum Nicola Naisbett is organising the event at the Stadium of Light for the charity which has been a lifeline to her son, Jenson.

The youngster, who will be two next month, was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome when he was eight weeks old.

Nicola says with the invaluable help of The Education Centre for Children with Down’s Syndrome, ECCDS, Jenson is a lovely, happy little boy who is learning new things every day.

The A-level teacher said: “Jenson has been going since he was 15 weeks old and the charity is amazing.

“It focuses on the early education of children with Down’s Syndrome and helps prepare them for primary school.

“It makes a huge difference to these children and Jenson has come on leaps and bounds. We couldn’t imagine being without him.

“We have also met some fantastic people who are in similar situations to us and it gives siblings of children with Down’s Syndrome the chance to meet with others.”

Nicola, 29, said she and husband, Darren, 32, who also have a four-year-old daughter, Lily, thought there was something wrong with their son when he was born, but it wasn’t until he was two-months-old that Down’s Syndrome was confirmed.

She said: “It was a massive shock and something we had to get our heads around. But, I want people to realise it is not as scary a thing as they think it is.

“People with Down’s Syndrome can do everything that other people do, it might just take them longer.”

Jenson’s development is behind those of other two-year-olds, he can’t walk or talk yet, but his family is sure he will get there.

The ball will be held at The Stadium of Light on Saturday, September 7, and is already a sell out.

Nicola is looking for companies to donate prizes for the raffle so they can make as much money as possible for the charity and if anyone can help they should email darren.naisbett1@btinternet.com.

Anyone who would like to know more about the charity, which operates in Newton Aycliffe and Hexham, can visit the website at www.eccds.org.uk.