South Yorkshire starlet Lauren laps up the attention for Williams Syndrome awareness day

Lauren Taylor and her friends at Hoyland Common Primary
Lauren Taylor and her friends at Hoyland Common Primary
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Children at a South Yorkshire primary school have raised nearly £700 in honour of their classmate.

Youngsters at Hoyland Common Primary School and nursery in Barnsley celebrated Williams Syndrome Awareness Day with three-year-old Lauren Taylor.

Lauren Taylor with mum Katherine and dad Paul

Lauren Taylor with mum Katherine and dad Paul

Nursery-goer Lauren joined in the special day, which aimed to teach her friends more about her condition – a disorder characterised by medical issues including developmental delays and learning disabilities.

Her mum, Katherine, said: “The amount they raised was absolutely amazing. I can’t believe it and I can’t thank them enough.

“Lauren loved it. As the nursery has a separate playground to the school, quite a few of the children didn’t know Lauren but we went in and did an assembly to talk about the condition.

“They sat so quietly to listen and they really enjoyed it.

Lauren Taylor and her friends at Hoyland Common Primary make buns to clelebrate Williams Syndrome Awareness Day

Lauren Taylor and her friends at Hoyland Common Primary make buns to clelebrate Williams Syndrome Awareness Day

“Lauren was in her element, saying hello to them all and lapping up the attention.”

Just three children in Barnsley have Williams Syndrome, which affects one in every 18,000 births.

This year’s awareness day was the first ever and Lauren, along with 37-year-old Katherine and dad Paul, 38, were invited to appear on ITV show This Morning to promote the occasion.

Katherine, of Springfield Road, Hoyland Common, said: “The amount of feedback has been phenomenal.”