Chorley FC help to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day

March 25, 2024
Chorley FC help to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day
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OVER the course of the last week and particularly on our match day, for our fixture against Boston United on Saturday - Chorley FC came together to raise awareness and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.

Andy Preece's grandson, Harry, has been diagnosed with down syndrome and over the years has attended our matches with a great deal of joy. Harry recently attended our match against Southport earlier in the season and even made his way onto the pitch with Preecy after Chorley were promoted back in the 2018/19 season.

Andy Preece's grandson, Harry, with Jack Sampson (David Airey)

Against Boston United, the club (through the Chorley FC Community Foundation) were proud to welcome in guests from High Five, Coppull Primary School and many more on what was an amazing day for everybody involved.

This year’s World Down Syndrome Day was themed around ending the stereotypes that stop individuals with Down Syndrome from being treated the same as everyone else. As Harry proves on every matchday, if you can do it, so can he

A word from Sue Denver, from the High Five group:

“Thank you so much for yesterday. Someone gave Grace a Chorley shirt in the club she won’t take it off she even went to bed in it…. I think Chorley have another supporter.”

Members from High Five alongside Chorley FC chairman, Jamie Vermiglio, Keith Duffy, Brian McFadden and Shane Lynch (David Airey)

A special to thank you to every single person who played their part in the events that took place on the day, from the photographs taken, the shirts worn before kick-off, odd socks and everything from staff, players and volunteers to help showcase the very best of Chorley FC and everything related to down syndrome in terms of spreading and raising awareness - a real success story in many ways.

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