Video: Premiere of new films about Norfolk people which challenge perceptions about Down’s Syndrome

Martin Hubbard, who loves drumming and features in the films about people with Down's Syndrome.

Martin Hubbard, who loves drumming and features in the films about people with Down's Syndrome. - Credit: Submitted

There's a drummer who adores Bon Jovi, a little girl who loves her school, a junior magician and a young woman who thrives on being part of a committee.

Their stories and others feature in a dozen new films about how people in Norfolk with Down's Syndrome love their lives.

Down's Syndrome Norfolk (DSN) commissioned local community filmmaker Michelle Savage to make the short films, premiered at The Forum in Norwich yesterday - World Down's Syndrome Day.

Now the films, aimed at new parents, have had the premiere, attended by Lord Mayor of Norwich Judith Lubbock, they will be compiled on to a DVD which will be available in local hospitals.

Tanya Antill, is mother of Melissa, five, who goes to Colman Infant School in Colman Road, Norwich and is the focus of one of the films.


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Mrs Antill said: 'We're really pleased to take part in this film, because when we first had Melissa it would have really helped us to see different children and adults with Down's Syndrome and see them as individuals, rather than just people with Down's Syndrome.'

Peggy Holden, 21, a member of the DSN committee, is also featured. She said: 'I love being on the committee. We do lots of things for people of all ages. We made lots of little films for our DVD to show that people with Down's Syndrome are all different.'

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Marilyn Hoxley, trustee of DSN, said; 'It was a really wonderful evening, a true celebration of the lives and talents of our young people.

'We made these films because we wanted to give children and adults with Down's Syndrome and their families a voice - a way to enable them to communicate directly with new parents.

'We know these films will make a difference - you can't help but be moved by them. People were laughing, crying, cheering and clapping at each one. We can't wait for the rest of the world to see them.'

Yesterday also saw players from the Norwich City Down's Syndrome football team introduced to the Carrow Road crowd at half-time in the match against Nottingham Forest.

The films can be viewed at www.downsyndrome-norfolk.org.uk or by going to Shelly Telly's profile on YouTube.

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