Co op Cause

UpsnDowns Northamptonshire are celebrating, having been selected as a 'Co-Op Cause', part of the Co-op Local Community Fund scheme 2019/2020.

What does this mean?

For existing Co-op Members. We are asking all our wonderful supporters who are already Co-op members to select UpsnDowns as their chosen cause. You don't have to be local to Northamptonshire, you can be anywhere in the UK to support us. Just register online and choose UpsnDowns.

Please help us spread the word to as many people as you possibly can. Ask friends, family, schools and work colleagues to support our charity and please share on social media networks. Follow the link below to choose our charity as your cause.
Click here to choose UpsnDowns

If you are not a Co-op member already, you are welcome to join in order to select UpsnDowns. It costs £1 to become a Co-op member.
A membership will mean you receive 5% reward on your purchases, with 1% directly benefiting your chosen Co-op cause, plus other Co-op benefits.
Follow the link below to find out more and how to become a member.
Click here to join and support UpsnDowns

How will UpsnDowns benefit?

UpsnDowns will receive 1% spent (on Co-op products) by members who have chosen UpsnDowns up until October 2020. This includes purchases on food, funeral and legal services, anywhere in the UK.

We will be able to spend the funds raised, towards our fundraising efforts and supporting the fully funded services we deliver for our members and children such as one-to-one swimming lessons, communication therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, ‘sing and sign’, educational training, and horse riding.

Our charity is run on a completely voluntary basis by a board of willing trustees, the charity’s income is wholly dependent on fundraising. Individuals, companies and our own special events have all contributed to continued growth, so being selected for this Co-op scheme is fantastic news for UpsnDowns!

Please share with your friends and family so we can get supporters far and wide to nominate UpsnDowns. The scheme ends in October 2020.

Find our Co-op page here...

UpsnDowns are thrilled to welcome back Alan Shearer as the Special Guest at our next Annual Charity Sporting Dinner. Join us on Friday 20th March, at Wicksteed Park Pavilion from 7pm for what promises to be yet another wonderful UpsnDowns event. 

Every year, we welcome loyal supporters and new supporters to our annual dinner, to celebrate the work that UpsnDowns do for over 45 families in Northamptonshire. It give us an opportunity to thank all our amazing families and supporters, who without them, UpsnDowns wouldn't be the incredible charity that it is. 

This year, Alan Shearer, footballing legend, will take part in a Q&A session in front of the audience. The last time he attended this event, it was a huge fundraising hit. We are hoping for the same in 2020. 

Tables have sold faster than ever this year, with only 4  tables (seating 10 people) remaining. So get in touch with Karen (charity secretary) by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view or calling 07817 735204. 

Tickets are £60, this includes drinks reception, 3-course meal with wine and a disco. 

We look forward to seeing you all there! 


UpsnDowns offers fully funded one-to-one weekly swimming lessons in Kettering, Corby, Northampton and Wellingborough to children aged 2 and over.

Two of our members have recently started swimming lessons. You can see by their faces in the photos that they are loving it.

Olivia is 6 and Matilda has just turned 4.

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Children with Down’s Syndrome in general are born with lower muscle tone (hypotonia) and swimming is a very effective way to build gross motor skills and core stability. It offers many other health and recreational benefits such as:

  • Building endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • Improving muscle tone, as nearly all muscles are used during swimming 
  • Helping to maintain a healthy weight, heart and lungs
  • Improving coordination, balance and posture
  • Improving flexibility  
  • Swimming offers a low impact therapy
  • Offering opportunities to meet people, join clubs 
  • Learning a valuable life skill 
  • Benefiting mental health as it helps relieve stress and tension.

It is vital that we continue with fundraising activities to be able to provide these fantastic services to our members.

Every year, swimming lessons cost UpsnDowns £3000. As a charity, we believe this is money very well spent.

If you would like to make a donation today, please click here. Thank you so much for your support.

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UpsnDowns are excited to announce two very special guests for the next Annual Charity Sporting Dinner, Saturday 23rd March at Wicksteed Park Pavilion, Kettering.

This year, UpsnDowns welcomes two incredible sportsmen from the world of football and rugby union - Gordon Strachan (former Celtic and Scotland Manager and Manchester United legend) and Tom Wood (Northampton Saints and England International Rugby Union player).

This event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for UpsnDowns, last year we raised a total of £13,000.  It is an event that everyone talks about for a long time afterwards too! A fun night not to be missed.

Our Charity Dinner, together with all the other fundraising that takes place during the year AND the generous donations UpsnDowns receives, enables us to provide an amazing range of fully funded services to our members throughout the year. These services include 1-2-1 swimming lessons, speech therapy, occupational therapy, sing & sign sessions, training for teaching staff and more.

Tickets for the UpsnDowns Charity Sporting Dinner are £50. This includes a 3-course meal, drinks reception, wine on the table, LIVE music and a disco. On the night there will be a live auction and raffle with some fantastic prizes.

So, get your friends and family together and get your table booked. Don’t leave it too late.

Get in touch with Karen for tickets, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07817 735204.