Well Done to all our Great South Runners!

YOU SMASHED IT! A huge well done to our amazing 127 Great South Runners representing Portsmouth DSA in the 10-mile run today! You were all fantastic, and we’re very proud of your all! Our team included members from all parts of the community including City Tech, Airbus, Warner Goodman, North Baddesley Infant School, the Tigers Motorcycle Display Team and the Royal Navy who all came together today in support of our charity! We pride ourselves on having the friendliest team in the run, and it was lovely to see real camaraderie as the runners spurred each other on and were cheered all the way round the course at every mile by our dedicated support teams. Thank you to everyone who has made today a huge success. YOU WERE BRILLIANT! We hope you had fun too! Go Green Army! #GreatSouthRun #PortsmouthDownSyndrome

Well Done Superstars!

Well done to all our incredible 141 Mini & Junior Runners and our 68 5K runners representing Portsmouth DSA today in the Great South Run! You all did a fantastic job and made us very proud, especially our young runners who were brilliant and demonstrated real team spirit! It was lovely to see so many smiling faces as everyone displayed their medals with pride! Castle Field was a sea of green as well over 500 hundred of our runners and supporters turned out to run and cheer, and we were as usual the best represented charity on the day with representatives from all parts of the community including Airbus, Warner Goodman, North Baddesley Infant School, the Tigers Motorcycle Display Team & the SE Hants Special Olympic Team! The Rapid Relief Team worked hard all day and did a fantastic job keeping us all fired up by generously donating free food and refreshments for 500+ of our team members. Thank you to you all your amazing efforts today. We certainly raised a lot of awareness and hopefully some vital funds too! Go Green Army! #GreatSouthRun #PortsmouthDownSyndrome

Go Green Army!

Lord Sebastian Coe joins us in wishing 327 GREAT SOUTH RUNNERS THE VERY BEST OF LUCK FOR THE WEEKEND! Lord Coe 4x Olympic medal winner & Chair of the British Olympic Association and President of the International Athletics Federation, recorded a very special message for our runners when we met him this week! You can hear it on our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/PortsmouthDSA/?ref=stream  Good luck everyone!

Portsmouth DSA wins the Persimmon Homes Vote!

Portsmouth DSA wins the Persimmon Homes vote for best UK educational charity and an incredible £100,000!

Our phenomenal PDSA community has done it again! Trustees Ken and Rachael were invited to the Persimmons Homes Gala in York yesterday evening, where fellow finalists watched a film about the work of Portsmouth DSA followed by the amazing announcement that PDSA had come top of the Persimmon vote for best UK educational charity! Rachael and Ken were thrilled to be presented with a cheque for an incredible £100,000. This is a fantastic amount and will make a real and positive difference to the work of the charity, and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the launch of our New Centre Fundraising Campaign. We can’t thank Persimmon Homes enough for this amazing opportunity! Thank you to all our loyal and dedicated supporters from across our community who voted for us every day, and to Rachael who worked hard against fierce competition to ensure the charity won a prestigious place in the final out of 4,000 charities and then spearheaded the winning campaign. Well done and thank you everyone! A fantastic achievement which has not only generated vital funds, but also enabled us to spread awareness to a huge audience. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Persimmon Homes! #PersimmonHomes #BuildingFutures

MBE for Charity Chair Rachael Ross!

We’ve received the fantastic news that our wonderful Chair Rachael Ross has been awarded an MBE on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to education & Down syndrome!  Rachael has worked tirelessly for many years at the helm of PDSA, developing a comprehensive package of support for our children from the point of diagnosis through to adulthood, raising awareness and championing inclusion.  It’s brilliant that her passion and enthusiasm has been recognised with such a prestigious award, and i’m sure you’ll all take great pleasure in joining with us to congratulate Rachael on her much-deserved honour.  Well done Rachael!
#PortsmouthDownSyndrome #queensbirthdayhonours #MBE

 

Innocence Film Launch!

Portsmouth DSA is proud to launch the trailer for our new exciting short film ‘Innocence’ starring the talented Tommy Jessop & Bethany Asher.  This film will help promote awareness and opportunities for people with Down syndrome in the world of film and TV, and we would be very grateful if you can share this trailer far and wide to help raise awareness.  Film is changing perceptions and Portsmouth DSA is at the heart of it!  Please support us!  #InclusionRevolution #SweetDohFilms #Innocence https://vimeo.com/333123248

INNOCENCE (2019) – Short film trailer from SweetDoh! on Vimeo.

Singing 100!

Singing 100! Over 100 of you joined us to celebrate World DS Day as guests of The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth with the wonderful Singing Hands today! Fantastic to see our children rocking their socks to the music (and some of the guests and parents too!).

What a fantastic morning! With big thanks as ever to the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth for his support, Stephen Morgan MP, Cllr Pitt, Warner Goodman Solicitors, Andrea and the Sainsbury’s Commercial Road team, Paul MediaBunker for making the fantastic short film of the occasion, Claire Kelson Photography, & our events team. Thank you to Mark from Santander Commercial Road who very generously offered to match the proceeds from our raffle which raised £1,300! And the biggest thank you goes out to our lovely children and families!

Thank you all for making our WDSD celebrations such a big success!  https://www.facebook.com/PortsmouthDSA/videos/453886028717162/

 

Thousands celebrate WDSD with us!

We were overwhelmed by the fantastic support we had from the community during Down Syndrome Awareness Week, with over 50 organisations, schools and individuals holding an awareness event, assembly or fundraiser for us! The positive message was sent loud and clear across the city and beyond, and thousands of you supported us! What a fantastic community we have!

Portsmouth DSA in the news

PORTSMOUTH DSA IN THE NEWS! Fantastic to see our families featured in the Portsmouth News, on local radio, and on digital advertising boards around Portsmouth and Guildhall Square as part of our awareness celebrations.

Top celebs support Portsmouth DSA for WDSD!

Each year top celebrities lend their support our awareness campaign, and this year we are joined by the amazing Andy Serkis  (The Hobbit, Starwars), Oscar winning actress Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Sophie Okonedo CBE (Hotel Rwanda, Christopher Robin), Oscar winning Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi), British Adventurer Bear Grylls, Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Billy Howle (On Chesil beach, Dunkirk, MotherFatherSon) and 60 more celebs! #PortsmouthDownSyndrome #InclusionRevolution #LeaveNoOneBehind  #WDSD19

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