I have Dance Syndrome

Andrew Self came to prominence on the TV Show the Greatest Dancer and he moved the judges and audience with his absolute love for dance. Andrew has Down’s Syndrome but he calls it Dance Syndrome.

On the 22nd July Andrew took part in the Dancer’s Boogie-thon!15 different dance styles, switching every 1.5 minutes, raising money for the 1.5m people in the UK with a learning disability. To find out more about the event click on the following link

On the fundraising page Andrew says the following:

My Dancing Story

I fell in love with dance after watching Strictly Come Dancing at the age 11. I copied what the dancers were doing and shortly after, my mum enrolled me in dance classes. I loved everything about the TV show – the music, the outfits, the glamour but of course, the dancing was my favourite bit. I taught myself both the male and female parts because I didn’t have a dance partner at the time and became my own Captain of Dance. Last year I applied for The Greatest Dancer and was on the TV dancing to Justin Timberlake – it was so brilliant when the mirrors opened in 35 seconds which was the fastest time of the series. I loved performing for everyone.

I have Down’s syndrome, but I like to call it Dance Syndrome – my disability has never stopped me from following my dreams. I dance because it makes me feel joyful and free. So, next Wednesday 22nd July I will be hosting my very own “Boogie-thon” where I will be performing 15 different styles of dance; switching every 1.5 minutes. I am really looking forward to combining all my favourite dance styles into one. I think the Jive is going to be my favourite.

Move For Mencap

My “Boogie-thon” is raising money for the 1.5 million people in UK who like me have a learning disability and need support now more than ever. Mencap is the UK’s leading learning disability charity and they are asking people to take on their own Move for Mencap challenge – this could be any challenge based on the number 1.5! The money raised from this will help people who have a learning disability so they have the same opportunities as everyone else to live their lives as they wish.

It’s going to be loads of fun and you can also get involved too by joining in with my Boogie-thon or hosting your own on another day, just go to to sign up!

About Mencap

We give expert advice and information that empowers people and their families. And we campaign relentlessly for changes that bring greater equality for people with a learning disability.

By supporting Team Mencap you will be helping us to support people with a learning disability to live the life they choose, and do the things they love.

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Mencap.

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Andrew has highlighted his event on national television and despite his difficulty with speech the love of dance was absolutely clear to everyone. As soon as the music played then his body started to move and the whole time his enthusiasm just lit up everything around. After his event, which was held yesterday, Andrew has already raised almost £10,500. A remarkable achievement by a remarkable young man!! Watching him will certainly inspire you and start to get those toes tapping!!

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Todd the inspirational scaffolder…

A man with Down’s Syndrome who spent two years “begging” for a scaffolding job has finally landed his dream apprenticeship.

Todd, 29, has been employed by Coles Scaffolding Contractors Ltd., working two days-a-week for them. Todd, joins the rest of the team on Mondays and Wednesdays. Company owner Martyn Coles said Todd’s disability is not holding him back at work. His main roles involve assembling the scaffolding and making sure it is safe and level.

The company has now adopted the slogan ‘No Stigma’, to show that Todd’s disability should not hold him back from having the same opportunity as others.

Todd said: “I like all of it except the heights. I like being at the bottom of the scaffolding best. It can be a bit scary going up high, because it can be shaky. I like helping Colesy, my boss. I wanted to be a scaffolder because I like to help people. I carry all the tubes – the 10-foot, the 16-foot, up to the 20-foot ones.”

Martyn, who has run the scaffolding company for the last five years, said: “We just want to show that he can do it. Everyone is entitled to work. It doesn’t matter if you have a disability, or you come from a broken home, or whatever. I’m more than willing to give everyone a chance. If you know him, you’ll know that he loves what he does. Anything you ask him to do, he’ll do it. He does a lot. So far, there hasn’t been any limits to what he can help with – and I don’t think there are going to be any.”

Stories like this just show anything is possible no matter what you are up against. Set your goals and you can achieve them. Everyone should be given fair opportunities to reach their goals no matter the circumstances.

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John’s Crazy Socks

John’s Crazy socks is a father-son company which is inspired by John’s love of crazy socks. John was born with Down’s Syndrome and he is on a mission to spread love and happiness through socks!

Not only is this company trying to spread happiness, which is also Banana Crumbles mission, they love to give back! They donate 5 percent of their earnings to the Special Olympics and have created a series of Awareness and Charity socks and donate money from each pair of socks to causes like Down’s Syndrome and Autism Awareness, the Special Olympics and Breast Cancer Research.

They are continually expanding their range of socks, from Donald Trump to Bride and Groom socks. Why not take a look at some of their fantastic socks by visiting –

We would like to wish John every success with his business and we hope you carry on spreading your love of socks and putting a smile to people’s faces.