THE BIG ONE……….19th March 2016 we will be hosting a gala dinner at The Pines Hotel, Chorley. This is to tie in and celebrate World Downs Syndrome Day on the 21st. Further details will be released but we will start selling tickets very shortly and the event will comprise of a three course meal, entertainment and various fun bits and pieces.
Chorley striker Josh Hine has signed up for the Staffordshire half IronMan in June 2016. He has expressed a desire to use the event raise awareness of Twincess by doing it in the official Twincess triathlon kit. fantastic gesture. Thanks Josh
My name is Bev Balfour and I work at Playdays Daycare Nursery in Blackrod, where our lives have been touched by Abigail and Isobel.
We already had a little bit of knowledge of the twins before they started at the nursery as we’d spent a few years looking after big brother Finlay.
A few weeks before the girls started their parents Jodi and Matt came in to do a care plan to outline the girls’ needs and that was when we first met the two quiet beautiful little girls.
They were sitting in their car seats with their matching pink blankets with their names on. Who would have thought they would of turned out to be such characters?
I didn’t have much experience with Down’s Syndrome children myself before meeting the twins and I was a bit scared about what we would need to do. How can prepare for the girls to make sure we help them the best we can?
The only real thing we did to prepare was to get two new chairs for the girls to sit in and eat their meals as they were unable to sit in the wooden high chairs.
The rest we just had to make sure we would treat Abigail and Isobel the same as any other child with lots of love, care and affection and work closely with mum and dad.
When the girls started I knew instantly they would have such a positive impact on my life and every one who worked with them. Within a few weeks they were happy to be passed over and played happily, pulling each other’s hair and making themselves known.
We made good relationships with mum and dad (we even had our own hair brush and bobbles for when their hair was too crazy for their daddy to do)
The girls’ personalities are so infectious and they are so happy, after nearly two years with me in the baby room it was time for their transition up to toddlers.
They weren’t quite walking but standing up and with the help of the Piedro boots they were getting stronger and stronger every day. During the time they were in the baby room we attended a sign along course with mum and dad which was lots of fun.
We used the signs in every day play and tried our best (with some funny looks from Abigail and Isobel ) to do the signs correctly. The girls both knew the sign for biscuit and chocolate, they never forgot that one
I have a close connection with Abigail and Isobel as they opened my eyes to the world of disabilities and that they are not scary. It really is just a case of not knowing and being unsure of Down’s Syndrome.
I feel they have changed my life for the better and with the help of their supportive family and friends they will continue to raise awareness. GO TWINCESS!