New display at University Hospital shows The Ups of Downs

Ups of downs display at University HospitalA major new photo display celebrating the talents and personalities of children with Down syndrome, has come to University Hospital in Coventry.

The #thischildcan exhibition was produced by The Ups of Downs charity, with support from many local and national businesses. It showcases children and young people with Down syndrome and the many talents they have, aiming to demystify the condition and challenge outdated images.

It features dozens of children aged from a few weeks to 12 years old, including two-and-a-half-year-old Ella Hands from Rugby.

Last week, Ella came with mum Rachel and big brother Connor to see the photos at University Hospital, along with the founder of The Ups of Downs, Nicola Enoch.

The #thischildcan exhibition was launched at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington Spa in March to coincide with World Down Syndrome Day, and has also been displayed at other locations across Warwickshire.

Nicola Enoch, founder of The Ups of Downs explains more about the display:
“We very much hope that these photographs challenge many of the outdated stereotypes people have of the condition.

“Our children are living their lives very much to the full and we are immensely proud of them.”

Emma Linnane, Arts Coordinator at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, said:
“When Nicola approached us about her beautiful exhibition, we were so happy to support it.

“We’re always looking for new ways that we can brighten and improve the hospital environment for our patients and visitors.

“The #thischildcan exhibition has only just gone on display, and we’ve already received so many lovely comments from patients, relatives and staff.”

The new pictures are available for patients, visitors and staff to view on the ground floor and first floor of University Hospital, Coventry.


Photo caption (L-R): Emma Linnane, Arts Coordinator, Sue Aucutt, Transitional Care Manager, Rachel Willmott with children Ella and Connor, and Nicola Enoch, Founder of the Ups of Downs charity.

To find out more about Healing Arts at UHCW NHS Trust, visit: /about-us/healing-arts-programme  

The Ups of Downs is a vibrant and active group that works with more than 50 families who have a child with Down syndrome. To find out more, visit: