Published: 09th March 2015
A North East charity's weekend fundraising idea later this month can be fairly described as "odd".
That's because Education Centre for Children with Down syndrome (Eccds) is urging people throughout the region to wear odd socks to help increase awareness of the congenital disorder.
They can be walking socks, sports socks or standard cotton socks . The only rules are that they have to be an odd and eye-catching pair.
The Newton Aycliffe charity's challenge has been thrown open to colleges, schools, nurseries and companies across the weekend of March 20-21.
There's a serious message behind the fun, however. Eccds founder Maggie Hart said the idea is to show everyone that the syndrome's sufferers are the same as well as different.
Ms Hart said that the centre's children wish to be dealt with like everybody else and treated as an individual rather than someone with the condition.
The charity helps back the children and their loved ones via quick intervention and expert tips and assistance.
People can donate every time they wear odd socks.
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