OPTOMETRIST Richard Clare turned a Down’s Syndrome Awareness event into a real family affair.

Richard is the manager of Clare and Illingworth opticians in King Street, Knutsford, and took on a series of '21 in 3' fun challenges to mark World Down’s Syndrome Day on March 21 (21.03.14).

Down’s Syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21 in a baby’s cells.

The opticians created a special window display, and Richard and optical assistant Heather Sitch tasted 21 cheeses at The Cheese Yard in Knutsford.

That weekend Richard, his wife Laura and children Annabelle, Reuben and Madeleine Clare baked 21 cakes, and Richard completed 21 sit-ups and three push-ups.

The challenges coincided with Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, and were also aimed at raising the profile of the Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group.

Down’s Syndrome has a special meaning for Richard, as his daughter Annabelle’s friend Alice has the condition.