How socks are helping support a seriously ill little boy

RAISING AWARENESS: Rachel Leonard, of Blackhall Colliery Primary School, and some of the pupils who were wearing odd socks on Friday
RAISING AWARENESS: Rachel Leonard, of Blackhall Colliery Primary School, and some of the pupils who were wearing odd socks on Friday
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A VILLAGE is pulling its socks up to help one of its newest residents.

Jack Terrans was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome after he was born at Sunderland Royal 10 months ago and is thriving thanks to the help of a specialist centre.

THRIVING: Jack Terrans, aged 10 months

THRIVING: Jack Terrans, aged 10 months

It is also helping to support his parents Carl Terrans, who works at npower in Rainton Bridge, and Hayley Tolley, a staff nurse at the hospital, who did not know Jack had the condition until he was delivered.

To raise awareness of Down’s and to boost the funds of the centre, The Odd Socks Campaign has been launched in their home village of Blackhall Colliery and is starting to spread across the region.

The idea has seen backers wear odd socks to show their support, with hosiery being hoisted up in businesses as they display their dedication to the cause.

Hayley said: “It’s been absolutely lovely and it’s just great to know there’s support for us and Jack.

It’s been absolutely lovely and it’s just great to know there’s support for us and Jack.

Jack’s mum Hayley Tolley

“Blackhall is so small, everyone knows each other.St Joseph’s and Blackhall Colliery Primary Schools have got involved and businesses in the streets in between have been really forthcoming. The hairdressers hasgot socks up in the window, people have them up in the office – it’s been great to see.”

The Education Centre for Children with Downs Syndrome in Newton Aycliffe runs a session Jack and his family attend each week which focuses on supporting his development and education.

It also gives the couple a chance to meet other families and get any help they need.

Walkers in Peterlee and npower have been among those to back the Odd Socks project, with Blackhall Primary School holding an odd socks day on Friday.

Jack Terrans, aged 10 months, from Blackhall Colliery.

Jack Terrans, aged 10 months, from Blackhall Colliery.

On Saturday, businesses in Blackhall’s high street collected cash for the centre and working to highlight World Down’s Syndrome Day.

More details about the centre can be found via www.eccds.org.uk, with further information about the wider odd socks campaign available through www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/lots-of-socks.