Lachlan (6) and Grace (5) with Specsavers staff co-owner Nicole Dyer and optometrist Craig Allom and their mum Kathy Bailey.
Lachlan (6) and Grace (5) with Specsavers staff co-owner Nicole Dyer and optometrist Craig Allom and their mum Kathy Bailey. Allan Reinikka

Mum helping Down Syndrome families

KATHY Bailey insists she’s no supermum.

But there are those who would disagree.

Kathy devotes her life to raising two young children with Down Syndrome, yet still finds time to help other parents who have to cope with the special needs of youngsters who have the condition.

It’s a dedication not lost on Nicole Dyer, co-owner of Rockhampton’s Specsavers store, who is this month raising funds at the shop in Stockland Rockhampton to support the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland.

“To see her cheerful enthusiasm in the way she handles Lachlan and Gracie is really inspiring,” said Nicole.

“Lachie and Gracie are such beautiful children and always bring so much love when they visit our store. They have inspired our team to help everyone in our community who has a family member with Down Syndrome.”

Nicole, and optometrist Craig Allom, are giving 5% of profits from one day of trading to the cause, and say customers have been generous.

Kathy, who has three adult children as well as her “bonus kids”, says Down Syndrome can make life more problematic for parents.

“The main difference is that children with Down Syndrome are often slower to reach their milestones ... They need more time and more supervision.”

The Down Syndrome Association of Queensland is at 3356 6655 or visit Down Syndrome Association of Queensland.

To see her cheerful enthusiasm in the way she handles Lachlan and Gracie is really inspiring



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