Drumming up a storm

Members of Foyle Down Syndrome Trust drumming in the city centre.
Members of Foyle Down Syndrome Trust drumming in the city centre.

Foyle Down Syndrome Trust staged a live drumming session in Derry this week in an effort to help raise awareness about the condition.

The event in the city centre was organised to coincide with and mark World Down Syndrome Awareness Week.

A spokesperson for Down Syndrome Trust said after the performances on Wednesday:

“The event, which was held at the Guildhall Square on a glorious sunny day, allowed the young people to display their musical talents and showcase their skills to the local community.

“The group developed their skills during workshops over the past ten weeks facilitated by Richard Campbell and supported by the Community Arts Partnership.

“During the event the young people played everything they had learned before inviting members of the public to join in and have a go themselves.”

Among those who stepped up to join in the drum circle was Mayor Brenda Stevenson who had a go.

Lorraine Gallen, Manager of Foyle Down Syndrome Trust said:

“I am thrilled that our young people got the opportunity to highlight their talents in our city in an inclusive community event.”

Foyle Down Syndrome Trust aims to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of the children and young people with Down syndrome and their families in our local community.

All funds raised will go directly towards specifically tailored programmes which Ms Gallen said “are vital for our children and young people”.

To follow Foyle Down Syndrome’s progress, you can find us on: Facebook at www.facebook.com/foyledown


Local people can also donate £2 now by texting FDST15 £2 to 70070.

Foyle Down Syndrome Trust works with over 80 children and young people throughout the local community.

The charity helps these young people to gain education and social skills that will enable independence.

The spokesperson said: “We believe in fostering a culture of inclusion and that every child should be given equal opportunities. Every year we help local children and their families grow and develop. But we cannot do it without you.”