Family of youngster with Down’s Syndrome on huge fundraising drive

PUBLISHED: 06:00 06 April 2013

Madison Thurgood 8 with her Dad

Madison Thurgood 8 with her Dad


A Welwyn Garden City family who did not know where to turn when their youngest daughter was born with a disability are raising money for the charity that helped them through.

Eight-year-old Madison Thurgood was born with Down’s Syndrome and before the birth her parents had no idea she had the disorder.

Her mother Lisa Thurgood, 46, said: “It was an amazing shock, we were very upset.

“At first we just thought what have we done to deserve this.”

But the midwives put the family in touch with the Down’s Syndrome Association a couple of hours later and from there on they have been a massive support.

The mother-of-four said: “I do not know where I would have turned without them - it is so important to have that lifeline.

“The most important thing is they put me in touch with other parents going through the same thing,” she said.

Over the years Lisa and her husband Adam have been doing what they can to raise money for the charity that helped them.

The couple live in Somersham, WGC.

Adam, 50, has completed a number of events and they have raised around £6,000.

This year the director is taking part in the Capital to Coast cycle ride from London to Hove on June 30.

Adam said: “It will be very challenging.

“But we will be riding as a team and do a steady ride.”

It will be a daunting 75 mile cycle and the furthest the team would have ever gone.

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