Thomas enjoys activities in memory of Jessica

Twelve young adults with Down's syndrome and heart problems headed off for a weekend of adventure thanks to funds raised in memory of one of their fellow group members.

Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 10:34 am

Jessica’s Journey was set up after the death of Jessica Ruppli, who died last year.

Jessica’s friends and family took part in a fundraising walk across Yorkshire and Lancashire to pay for the trip.

Thomas Morley from Huthwaite was one of the people on the trip. Thomas, 28, has Down’s syndrome and a heart condition and joined others to spend an activity packed weekend at Mount Cook Activity Centre in Derbyshire.

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Those who attended took part in canoeing sessions, high ropes, crate stacking and bush craft.

Thomas’ mum Tracey said: “All of the young people had a whale of a time.

“The weather wasn’t great but that didn’t stop them all having a great weekend.

“A lot of them hadn’t met before so it was great to see everyone leave with lots of new friends.”

Down’s Heart Group is a small national charity supporting families who have a member with Down’s syndrome and congenital heart defects.

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