The South Manchester Down's Syndrome Support Group is a member led charity and we do not receive any statutory funding from the government. Our much needed services continue thanks to the generosity or our members and funders.

Current funders that we are lucky enough to be supported by:

Steve Morgan Foundation -
The National Lottery Community Fund
Forever Manchester
Morrison's Foundation
BBC Children In Need

Our members have been taking part in incredible fundraising activities, you can read about them below and donate to support them on our Local Giving page

Jasmine runs 5k for SMDSSG!

'On Saturday 5th August I’ll be doing a 5K run that involves getting myself through inflatable obstacles in Tatton (Altrincham). I will be running to raise money for the South Manchester Down Syndrome Support Group (SMDSSG).

SMDSSG is an amazing charity that needs our support. This is a group I feel personally connected to after forming an amazing bond with a little boy called Thomas.'

Leo's Skydive!

"It’s for a great cause and one that's very close to my heart - South Manchester Down’s Syndrome Support Group. They support my little cousin, Emma Rose (and many more like her) to live a full and enjoyable life."

Elizabeth run's Manchester 10k!

"On 21 May I’ll be running my first ever race, the Manchester 10K, in aid of a charity very close to my heart, the South Manchester Down Syndrome Support Group (SMDSSG).

SMDSSG is an amazing charity that needs our support. It is a group that we are personally connected to because of our son Thomas, who’s 3 and has DS."

Holly walks for Duke of Edinburgh!

Holly is starting her Duke of Edinburgh bronze award and would like to dedicate from January to April to raise funds for chatterbox! She is going to do long walks on a Sunday with her dad and brother James who has Down's Syndrome (for some of it) she is hoping to do 120 miles over the period, and will be getting sponsors to help raise money for us! We wish you the best of luck Holly!!

Wendy's Walk for WDSD 2023!

"Tuesday 21st of March is World Down Syndrome Day and we are organising a walk straight after school drop off over to ‘In the woods’ in Ashley. The walk is to raise funds for South Manchester Down’s Syndrome Support Group and to bring awareness.

March is a very important month for our community. It is World Down Syndrome Day on the 21st March (WDSD).
That is because people with Down’s Syndrome have 3 copies of chromosome 21.
So we celebrate on the 21st of the 3rd month of the year.

Ava who has Down Syndrome and is in the reception class at school and her family are members of this fantastic support group and they want to tell everyone how absolutely brilliant and supportive this group is."

Thank you so much for choosing us Wendy!

Daryll treks Scafell Pike for SMDSSG to celebrate WDSD

One of our members Darryl raised money for our charity by Trekking Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in England in celebration of World Down's Syndrome Day on 4th March!!

Thank you so much Darryl for choosing to raise money for us. This will help us to continue to run our Chatterbox events which provides Speech and Language therapy to children with Down's Syndrome.

Contract Services raised £600 for us in their Christmas Raffle!

We want to say a big THANK YOU to Contract Services for choosing to donate to us, one of our members Henry also joined for the day!

"The reason we chose to support your group is one of directors has first hand knowledge of the support your group provides as his son Henry has down syndrome."

Parents Lauren and Dave have raised a whopping £800 with PADOS Theatre Group at the performance of Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomine in Prestwich!

This was then matched by HSCB solicitiors to £1600 and an additional £500 was added by HSBC through the panto’s musical director, this makes a grand total of £2100!!! This is incredible and will help continue to fund the support we provide to our members.

Our first fundraising in aid of event Love of the Glove raised £1500!

Thank you to John who organised Love of the Glove and to members Mike and Charlotte who helped to choose us as their nominated charity! With their help and support of those who attended we raised enough money to cover one of our monthly Chatterbox events!

Our CEO Esther faced her fears to raise money for SMDSSG!

"So, I only went and did it! I conquered my fears by doing the world's fastest Zip Wire to raise much needed funds for the group. I have smashed the £500 and raised £660! It was so hard, I cried on the practice run but the thought of the group got me down!

My challenge is now to you all - is there a fundraiser you would like to do to support the group? If there is please get in touch, we can help you arrange it and help with fundraising ideas too!"

What Can You Do?

  • Do you have a skill that would be useful to the group?
  • Do a car boot sale
  • Bake cakes and sell them at your school or work
  • Do a sponsered event
  • Have a wear green day at work or school
  • Sell some unwanted items on e-bay
  • Can you spare a couple of hours every month to do some of the jobs that keep the group running?
  • Can you volunteer to help set up or tidy up at a Chatterbox Club?

We are always looking for help from parents, friends or relatives. If you feel you could spare some time to help on the committe, help organise an event or fundraise then please let us know. Email

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