Twins go on the run for youth group cash

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - KAREN BRITTON

AYOUTH group for chil­dren with Down’s Syn­drome has ben­e­fited from a char­ity race run by twins with the con­di­tion.

Twin broth­ers Harry and Thomas Der­ri­cott, 16, de­cided to sign up to the Manch­ester Color Run, a 5k race start­ing and fin­ish­ing at The Eti­had Sta­dium in Manch­ester, hav­ing seen photos of last year’s event on a friend’s mo­bile phone.

The broth­ers who aren’t reg­u­lar run­ners, told their mum that they’d like to run the race to raise funds for their youth group the Satur­day Club, a Mac­cles­field group for young peo­ple with Down’s Syn­drome.

The group pro­vides the young peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties to so­cialise, de­velop com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, friend­ships, and con­fi­dence.

It’s a fort­nightly group es­tab­lished in 2011 by Heidi Reid, from Bolling­ton, and Dawn Franklin and Anna Orme, from Mac­cles­field, who all have chil­dren with Down’s Syn­drome.

Heidi said: “The youth group has had two year fund­ing from The Peo­ple’s Health Trust Ac­tive Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gramme.

“But that fund­ing will soon be com­ing to an end, so we’re over the moon that the boys worked so hard to raise money for the group.

“The money they’ve raised will fund be­tween eight to 10 ses­sions for us, and more im­por­tantly was some­thing that they had the con­fi­dence to pro­pose in­de­pen­dently, and ded­i­cate them­selves to train­ing for.

“We’re all very proud of Harry and Thomas.”

The boys, from Wilm­slow, ran the race af­ter telling their mum Jill they’d like to do it.

Mum Jill said: “It was the boy’s idea.

“They saw the pic­tures and said they wanted to do it for Satur­day Club.”

Train­ing for the run meant the boys run­ning ev­ery week over longer and longer dis­tances, joined by their mum and fam­ily friend Penny Milling­ton, who works in Mac­cles­field.

Penny said: “We had such a fun time train­ing.

“And on the day, once they de­cided to sprint, I couldn’t keep up.

Thomas said: “I loved it so much, be­cause I used to be tired and out of breath.”

When asked why they wanted to raise money for their youth group Harry said: “So we can do the disco, and dance to loud mu­sic.”

The boys are keen to run again in next year’s race, but this time with more of their Satur­day Club friends.

Harry and Thomas Der­ri­cott present the cheque to Heidi Reid and Dawn Franklin

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