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Victoria Silva, aged 28, from Weaverham, studies Mental Health Nursing at the University. Victoria completed the walk with her partner, Sam, and their Labrador, Arthur. Together they raised over £300 for local charity, the Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group.

The walk, called a ‘Moochathon’, was exactly 21.3 miles, representing the three copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down’s Syndrome. The walk started and ended in Hartford, Cheshire, taking walkers through the Whitegate Way, Winsford and Delamere Forest.

Victoria, who completed the walk in eight and a half hours, said: “We started at 9am and arrived back in Hartford at 5.30pm – with a quick food stop half way through at Delamere Station Café. It was such a challenging experience, but for an incredible cause. I wanted to challenge myself to help improve the lives of others. Alongside my nursing studies, I support adults with learning disabilities and cherish the relationships I have with our service users with Down’s Syndrome. I wanted to take part in the walk to raise awareness for World Down’s Syndrome Day and raise money for The Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group.”

Victoria added: “I’m incredibly passionate about supporting people with Down’s Syndrome, living with dementia. I don’t feel there is enough support out there for this client group, despite the strong link between Alzheimer’s Disease and Down’s Syndrome.”

Cheshire Down's Syndrome Support Group helps people with Down's syndrome and their families in the county. Their mission is to unlock the potential of people with Down's syndrome by improving health, education, support, awareness and life opportunities.

Cheshire Down's Syndrome Support Group CEO, Julie Duff, said: “We're so grateful to Victoria, Sam and all who raised funds for the charity by taking part in the Moochathon. 21.3 miles is impressive in a day and there were plenty of aches and pains afterwards! We are entirely self reliant for funding to deliver our local services for people with Down's syndrome and their families so we can't thank Victoria enough for getting involved.”

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