East Lancashire Support Group launch.
A MUM is launching a support group for families bringing up children with Downs Syndrome.
Joanne Emberga, 38, of Newline, Bacup, decided to launch East Lancs Down’s Syndrome Support Group with the help of volunteers after receiving care to help with her two-year-old son Linden, who has the condition.
Joanne said: My experience has made me want to help other families.
We are all inspired by the support we have received.
We wanted to give something back by providing a place for parents to meet each other, to offer the chance for medical professionals and experts to come and offer their advice and create a fun place where the children can make friends and play.
Often the best kind of emotional support comes from people who are going through the same situation.
Its been a tough couple of years and myself and my husband are so grateful to have been given so much help from various people and professionals, at hospitals, nurseries and support groups.
Linden attends Stepping Stones nursery in Haslingden and the whole family including Lindens big sister Martel, five, are members of the Rossendale Rays swimming group.
For every 1,000 babies born, one will have Downs, a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in the bodys cells.
Joanne, who works for Rossendale Interiors, is now looking for a suitable venue where the group can meet.
She said: Linden brings us joy every single day.
“Hes our son, he will take a little longer to learn things but he will get there with support.
“Downs Syndrome doesn’t define Linden, its only a part of who he i