Mansfield Town Football Club have designated tomorrow evening's clash against Stevenage to support World Down’s Syndrome Day and will be wearing teal instead of amber socks at One Call Stadium.
The club had previously selected the originally scheduled date for the fixture of 19 March to show support for Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week which began on Monday 21 March.
Down’s Syndrome is a genetic condition caused by having an extra chromosome 21 in some or all the body's cells. Down’s Syndrome is marked by growth, developmental, and learning delays that vary from mild to severe.
Stags are participating in the #LotsOfSocks campaign to raise awareness about Down’s Syndrome.
#LotsOfSocks help us to get people talking on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), celebrated each year on 21 March.
The first team will change its colour of socks today as part of the campaign.
The 21st day of the 3rd month (March) signifies the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down’s Syndrome.
Many of the members and supporters of Down’s Syndrome Association have gone above and beyond with their fundraising efforts. DSA still rely almost entirely on voluntary donations, big and small, and they are grateful for all contributions.
Currently, Down’s Syndrome Association offer advice, information, support and resources about any aspect of living with Down’s syndrome including prenatal support, benefits, education, service provision, rights, health and well – being, speech, language and communication, complex and adult needs.
They also aim to continue driving awareness about the condition by campaigning and continuing to make fundamental changes in our society.
Down’s Syndrome Association has a clear message regarding inclusivity and ensuring everyone is a part of the community.
“We’re all missing out if everyone isn’t included,” the organisation say.
“We all love to belong and feel included. And after the last couple of years, it means more than ever.”
The club is pleased to support Down’s Syndrome Association and supporters who wish to learn more about the condition should visit: www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/product/lots-of-socks/.