Group is given cash boost for children

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A CHARITY that supports disabled people in the area is celebrating after a £1,000 windfall.

Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association received the sum of cash from housebuilding firm CALA Homes.

The money is now set to be used to fund communication workshops for children with Down Syndrome.

Rachael Ross, founder of the association, said: ‘We are thrilled to have received this funding as part of CALA’s community bursary and the money will go a long way towards supporting the work we do.

‘All children with Down Syndrome experience problems with communication and speech clarity, which can be extremely isolating and frustrating for them. The communication groups are a vital part of what we do and are run by two of the leading Down Syndrome qualified speech therapy experts in the UK.’

The group runs monthly communication sessions, as well as a range of other support services. For details, see