Raffle supports Down’s syndrome charity

From the left, Hattie Perriss, Georgia Perriss, Christopher Hall and Jo Watson of Dandy Lions with the prize tee shirt. PNL-141109-162909009
From the left, Hattie Perriss, Georgia Perriss, Christopher Hall and Jo Watson of Dandy Lions with the prize tee shirt. PNL-141109-162909009

Money can’t buy the exclusive item that’s being raffled for a children’s charity.

Dandy Lions childrenswear shop, in Buckingham, is raffling one of only 60 limited-edition Prince George and the Dragon T-shirts that were specially designed to celebrate Prince George’s first birthday.

Organic cotton babywear company Frugi made just 10 of the T-shirts available to their retailers for charity projects.

And Dandy Lions has secured one of them to raffle in aid of Sparkles, a charity that provides specialist speech therapy for pre-school children with Down’s syndrome in Bucks.

Dandy Lions owner, Jo Watson, chose Sparkles because two of her regular customers are involved with the parent-led charity.

Robyn Perriss, of Finmere, is its treasurer and her daughter Hattie, now aged three, has been benefiting from Sparkles speech therapy sessions since she was a year old.

At the moment, the charity helps 22 children aged from one to five. Each child gets a 45-minute session once a week with a Down’s syndrome specialist speech and language therapist.

Children learn Makaton sign language and do games and exercises to help build the muscles necessary for speech, helping children communicate and speak earlier.

Sessions are currently held in Aylesbury and High Wycombe, and the provision is entirely covered by fundraising.

Robyn said: “It’s wonderful to think it’s a lot of highly motivated mothers who make this happen.

“If we could raise awareness and raise more money we could extend the provision to other areas.

“We have children on our waiting list whose parents are prepared to come from Essex.”

The T-shirt being raffled is size 2-3 Years and comes complete with box, certificate and handwritten letter from Frugi. The raffle will be drawn on September 30.

Tickets cost £1 from Dandy Lions, on Cornwall Place, or you can donate £2 for two tickets at www.justgiving.com/southbucks-sparkles (do not tick the Gift Aid box, as raffles are not eligible for Gift Aid.

For more about Sparkles, see www.sparkles.org.uk