Brave Elly’s charity skydive

A CHILDCARE worker from Henleaze has taken a leap into the blue to raise £1,500 for a Down’s Syndrome charity.

Ellie Laity took part in a 15,000ft sky dive. The money will go to the charity Positive About Down Syndrome (PADS), which offers support and information for new and expectant parents of Down’s Syndrome children.

PADS also runs online early development groups for pre-schoolers, baby Makaton signing courses for new parents, and Makaton training for nurseries and childminders.

Its website says: “We believe the arrival of every baby with Down syndrome should be celebrated. 

“Every child with Down syndrome should be given every opportunity to flourish and thrive, and every parent should receive the best possible care and support.”

Ellie works at Toybox Day Nursery, in Henleaze, which is attended by a youngster with Down’s Syndrome called  Benedict.  Manager Sarah told the Voice: “Ellie is a passionate childcare practitioner, she has great enthusiasm for childcare. 

“She is an enormous part of our great team here at Toybox and we are always striving to make our children’s lives the best they can be.  This was a great opportunity to support one of our families by raining money for this charity.”

Benedict’s dad Dave Smith said he was grateful to Elly for her brave effort, which had helped raise awareness of PADS.

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