MUM Nicola Naisbett is urging people to get fit and help the charity that has proved a lifeline for her son.
Ten-month-old Jenson was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome when he was eight weeks old.
Without the help of The Education Centre for Children with Down’s Syndrome, Nicola says she would have struggled to get by.
Now, the devoted mum is holding a boot camp to raise money for The Education Centre which Jenson has attended since he was 15 weeks old.
Media studies and film teacher Nicola said the charity has helped them so much, and she is determined to give something back.
Nicola, 28, said: “It has helped him with communication skills and developing concentration. It gives us as parents a lot of education on how we can support him and help him progress.”
Later on, the centre will help Jenson with literacy and numeracy to help prepare him for mainstream education.
Nicola, from Fence Houses, said that Jenson’s diagnosis came as a surprise to her and husband Darren, 30, who are also parents to three-and-a-half-year-old Lily.
She said: “When he was diagnosed, we had thought he was a little bit behind and that something was not quite right.
“But as soon as we found out we looked at it really positively.
“There’s a lot he can do and if you give him the right support he can lead a normal life. The Education Centre said to us ‘it’s not a disability, it’s a possibility’.”
And big sister Lily is a huge help to Nicola.
“She’s great,” said Nicola. “She signs to Jenson and is brilliant at communicating with him.”
Nicola is eager for any fitness fans to join her for the keep-fit marathon.
She said: “Just come along, it’s so much fun. We all get so much out of it and all of the money goes to the centre.
“Andrew is not taking anything. He’s doing it all for the charity and the money helps them so much with buying resources and they are just growing and growing.”
Jenson attends the Hexham branch of the centre and Nicola said that the centre can help change people’s attitudes about the condition.
“When people think about Down’s Syndrome, they think of all the negative things. They don’t realise how fantastic these children are. They are like any other child in terms of personality.
“There are a lot of challenges, but despite the challenges there are a lot of amazing things you come across. The centre definitely helps with that.”
The boot camp is at Houghton Cricket Club on September 22.
Personal trainer Andrew Barron will be leading the two-hour session which will include circuit training to whip generous donators into shape.
The session costs £10.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Charitybootcamp2
For more information about the centre visit their website at www.eccds.org.uk