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District Town Halls to Light Up to Mark World Down’s Syndrome Day

Newry , Mourne and Down District Council have agreed to light up Newry and Downpatrick town halls along with Belfast City Hall and Lisburn Town Hall to celebrate world Down’s Syndromeday on the 21st March. Down Syndrome is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are small “packages” of genes in the body. They determine how a baby’s body forms during pregnancy and how the baby’s body functions as it grows in the womb and after birth. Typically, a baby is born with 46 chromosomes. Babies with Down Syndrome have an extra copy of one of these chromosomes, chromosome 21.

A medical term for having an extra copy of a chromosome is ‘trisomy.’ Down Syndrome is also referred to as Trisomy 21. This extra copy changes how the baby’s body and brain develop, which can cause both mental and physical challenges for the baby. The 21st day of March (the 3rd month of the year) was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

Speaking on the announcement Newry, Mourne and Down district council chairperson Laura devlin said:

“I am delighted to light up both Newry Town Hall and Downpatrick Leisure Centre on 21 March 2021 in honour of World Down Syndrome Day.  World Down’s Syndrome Day celebrates people with Down’s Syndrome highlighting the vital role they play in our lives and communities.”

ENDS

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