‘Down2Earth’ Magazine Helps Family Meet for the First Time

This is a story of pure coincidence and luck…

Bryony and Jamie discovered that they share a family member, but only because a relative spotted them on the same page of our Down2Earth magazine!

The pair both featured on pages 6 and 7 of the magazine, which is produced twice a year by the Down’s Syndrome Association for its members. The pair live more than 300 miles apart and had no idea that their mums shared a cousin until, after seeing their stories next to each other in the magazine, the pieces of the jigsaw were put together.

Bryony, who lives in Morecambe in Lancashire and Jamie, who is from Dover in Kent, are both in their 20s. They both got in touch with Down2Earth back in early 2018. Both were pleased when they were featured in the September 2018 issue of the publication.

Bryony had written about her ambition to be a journalist and Jamie’s story was about his progress since he had been featured in the magazine 25 years ago as a baby.

The family connection came to light when Bryony’s mum Theresa had her cousin Linda to visit. Bryony proudly showed Linda her article in the magazine and Linda instantly recognised the face on the next page. It was Jamie, her (adopted) cousin Sue’s son!

They could hardly believe the coincidence. Linda had been adopted by Sue’s aunt and uncle in the 1950s and had grown up in the family. She later decided to search for her birth family, connecting with Theresa, her blood cousin.

Bryony said:

“One day when Linda came over and showed her I was in the Down2Earth magazine, she saw someone called Jamie who she recognised as her cousin’s son. That was funny because my mum is her cousin too. We were on the same page as each other.”

Direct contact was made between the families via text message but the distance between their homes made getting together in person a challenge.

Sue and Jamie happened to be travelling back from a trip to Scotland when one text arrived though, and soon a plan was hatched – the two families would meet at The Blackpool Football Club, which was a treat that had been booked for Jamie’s birthday.

The families only met for an hour, but it was a meeting that will be remembered forever. Bryony commented:

“I was so excited to go to Blackpool because it’s my favourite place, and to meet Jamie who was on the same page as me. We didn’t know each other but we both like football. Without Linda we wouldn’t have met, two strangers on the same page.”

Sue said:

“They just clicked. They were so happy to meet each other. I feel like two families have been united, all because of a magazine. Without the piece in Down2Earth the two families would be none the wiser of the connections. Since the piece, another cousin of mine and Linda’s has been to visit after 25 years of no contact. It’s quite incredible how this has come about.”

Bryony’s mum Theresa said:

“I was surprised and delighted with the coincidence of Bryony and Jamie’s stories appearing on the same page of the magazine, and even more pleased to then have the opportunity of meeting him and his parents. It’s very special as it connects two parts of my lovely cousin Linda’s life in the most unexpected and serendipitous way.”

Down2Earth is very pleased to have played its part in making such an amazing story happen!

If you would like to be featured in the magazine, you can send in articles, photos, stories, letters, poems, pictures and reviews to the editor Kate Powell by:

  • email: info@downs-syndrome.org.uk
  • post: Kate Powell, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 9PS

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