Two Chorley twin sisters are helping to make a world of difference across the planet.
Abigail and Isobel Parry were born with Down’s Syndrome on June 29, 2011, at odds of two million to one.
Together with their parents Matt and Jodi Parry, they joined in the celebrations for World Down’s Syndrome Day on Saturday.
And they are preparing for a busy few months as they continue to change the negative perceptions that exist around the genetic condition.
Matt and Jodi launched the charitable trust called Twincess following the birth of their daughters.
Since then they’ve held a series of events and their story has attracted attention all over the world.
“The twins are continuing to enrich our lives and get rid of some of the stereotypes that exist around Down’s Syndrome,” said Matt. “We post regular updates on our Facebook account and get hundreds of likes from all over the world.
Twincess and their supporters marked Saturday by wearing odd socks.
Because it fell on a Saturday both Chorley FC and Rochdale FC warmed up in special Twincess t-shirts.
After visiting the Rochdale game, the family headed to Stockport where the Magpies were playing.
As they entered the away end the Chorley crowd chanted “Stand up for the Twincess girls” and the crowd stood as one in a moving tribute to the twins.
Matt said the next big date in the calendar after that will be an It’s A Knockout event at Charnock Richard FC on May 24.
He said: There’s space for 24 teams and we’ve already had 19 enter. It’s going to be an action-packed fun family day and there will be lots of music and entertainment.”
The couple’s six-year-old son Finlay will be taking part in a junior ironman contest in Bolton while Abigail and Isobel will find out soon which primary school they will be going to.
Matt said: “Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves to think of all the things that have happened since the girls were born. We’ve appeared on BBC North West Tonight, BBC Radio 5 Live, Rock FM and various other radio stations.
“The girls were chosen as mascots by Chorley FC for their Lancashire Cup Final while the players of Lancashire County Cricket Club have worn Twincess wristbands.
“We did an article in the Take A Break magazine and got over one million likes on Facebook.
“None of this would have happened without Abigail and Isobel being born and that’s why we look upon them as a blessing.”
If you would like to enter the It’s A Knockout event on May 24, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07423 0816131.
Entrants are invited to make a donation of £200 and all money raised will go towards the cost of the event.