World news – Norwich Mommy’s Down Syndrome Socks Go Global


For World Down Syndrome Day 2021, posters with colorful socks will be put up in windows around the world.

The « Lots of Socks » art trail was the idea of ​​Norwich’s mother Emma Taylor, her son Eli, six, has the condition.

Socks have been used as a motif for years to raise awareness of World Down Syndrome Day International as the chromosome that causes them is shaped like a sock.

Ms. Taylor said she was amazed when her idea was taken up by so many people.

The mother of two said the family and local Down syndrome groups would normally celebrate on March 21 – but for the second time in a row their planned activities had been canceled.

« Instead, my artist friend Judith Palmer designed a poster of socks for an art trail, » said Ms. Taylor.

The poster of mismatched pairs of socks hanging on clotheslines can be taken from the Lots of Socks Trail Facebook page the one she set up a month ago. It will be colored and displayed in a window.

« Hundreds of people printed the poster from the US, Canada, France, Italy and all over the UK, » she said.

« I didn’t mean the day goes unnoticed – I want it to be a holiday, « added Ms. Taylor.

Ms. Taylor said she, Eli, and the rest of the family were » amazed « and delighted with the response to the posters so well received.

A spokeswoman for the Down’s Syndrome Association said, « We’re delighted that Emma’s sock trail has been accepted and enjoyed around the world.

 » Socks have become a symbol of the day because Chromosomes look like socks and people with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21.

« People are using the hashtag #LotsOfSocks on social media to show their support. This is a really fun way to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day. »

Anna Sands from Down Syndrome International, which hosts the annual Awareness Day, said: « Emma’s idea of ​​’Lots of Socks Trail’ has really caught the imagination of people who want to … make positive change for people with Down syndrome, both here in the UK and on around the world. « 

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