Sarah and her husband Tom moved to Kent from London in 2010. Their first daughter Charlotte was born later that year. Sarah continued working as a Finance solicitor in London until the birth of their second daughter Martha in 2012. At birth, Martha was diagnosed with Down's syndrome and a very serious heart condition requiring surgery at 4 months. Thankfully Martha is now doing really well and is a bubbly and vivacious toddler. Sarah is enjoying being a full time mum to her two lovely girls.
Helen grew up in Ashford and after furthering her education she went onto work for South Kent College for many years, where she was responsible for Admissions across the Ashford, Folkestone and Dover campuses. Shortly after having her first child in 2007, Helen and her husband were told their daughter had Down's syndrome. They went on to have a little boy two years later and it was at this point she gave up work. As well as being a busy mum, Helen is a leader at a large Brownie pack in Ashford, where she is known as Speckled Owl. She plays an active role and organises activities, trips and fundraising events where the children can work towards achieving their badges. She is also a parent helper at the school where her children attend.
Johanna has three children including one child with DS. She qualified as a Physiotherapist and specialised in Neurological Rehabilitation in acute care before leaving the profession after her third child. In this time she ran a successful independent business as well as spending many years within the NHS. She has since moved on to be a Special Educational Needs Support Officer in her local Information and Advice Service. This means she works closely with families, carers and professionals to support individuals to navigate through the education system with a child with additional needs. She also loves wine and jumping in muddy puddles.
Katerina, better known as Trina, moved to Kent in 1999 to be with her husband Chris. She has four beautiful children. Trina is legal guardian to the two older children, Chantelle and Phillip and then went on to have the twins Lathan and Cailyn in 2009. Lathan was diagnosed with Down's syndrome and a complete AVSD (heart condition requiring surgery) at birth. He is now a very active young man who lives life to the max and keeps Trina on her toes! Trina is currently running a childminding business from home and training hard for an upcoming Marathon.
My name is Mike I am 38 years old and I am an Area construction manager for Redrow homes. I am happily married to Helen and we have 2 beautiful girls, Abi who is 8 and Jess who is 5 and has Down syndrome. My hobbies are going to the gym and I am a keen Charlton fan going to matches when I can and recently Abi and Jess have been coming as well. My aim as a trustee is to help grow our charity, mainly in terms of fund raising but I also have a keen interest in the other aspects of the charity, including education and raising awareness of Down’s syndrome in the wider community. It’s important to me that others get the chance to understand what Down’s syndrome is all about and show them that our amazing children really do have no boundaries, just like all other children and young adults.
Hi, I am Donna, mum to two teenage girls, the youngest who has Down Syndrome. I am also a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with 20 years’ experience working in the NHS, Education and private sector with young people from 0-25 years with a variety of disabilities. I have a strong belief in therapy being accessible to all and in making therapy relevant and practical to the child/young person or family. The opportunity to become a Trustee of 21Together is exciting and a way of sharing both professional and personal experiences. I look forward to seeing you all soon.