PUPILS across Andover have been working their socks off to raise funds in support of Down’s Syndrome research.

Children joined the global Lots of Socks campaign on Thursday last week, raising money and awareness for World Down Syndrome Day by ditching their usual socks for brightly coloured, mismatched pairs.

The campaign is based on the idea that chromosomes – of which people with Down’s Syndrome have one extra – look like socks when viewed under a microscope.

Andover Twenty1, a community group providing educational services to people in the town with Down’s Syndrome, helped coordinate local fundraising efforts.

Andover Twenty1’s Anna Fauvelle said: “World Down Syndrome Day 2019 has been amazing.

“We have had a record number of schools taking part all helping to raise vital funds for Andover Twenty1 to facilitate our regular support groups and educational services.

“We’ve also been delighted to have been invited into many schools to talk to the children about Down’s Syndrome.

“We are feeling blessed to be in the midst of such a great community.”

John Hanson, St John the Baptist, Icknield, Portway Juniors and Rookwood were just a few of the schools who took part in the day.