PUPILS across Furness have been embracing the message of inclusion and acceptance by wearing odd socks socks for World Down Syndrome Day.

Schools across Furness have been helping raise awareness of Down Syndrome by swapping their plain socks for vibrant multi-colours to celebrate diversity and uniqueness.

Ramsden Robins Nursery are just one of the numerous schools involved in the campaign which teacher, Claire Johnson, hopes will inspire a message of acceptance.

She said: “This year we’re rocking our multi-coloured socks which the children have designed themselves.

“The message we’re getting at through this is that it’s okay to be different.

“Some of the children have even learnt the 1000 years song in sign language, it’s great.”

Pupils from Millom Stepping Stones Nursery have also been involved in the campaign.

Nursery manager, Kelly James, hopes the day spreads a message of inclusivity.

“We are wearing our funky socks to show our support of all children with all different abilities. We want to make sure everyone is included.”

Also taking part in the campaign was Old Vicarage Day Nursery. Teacher Rachel Smith said: "We have Isabelle in our class who has Down Syndrome so it has been extra special for all of her friends to celebrate the day and learn more about it."