Trustee’s words for Birthday Girl on #WorldDownSyndromeDay

Paul Holliday is the Head of Marketing & Communications at Bolton Wanderers and is also a Bolton Wanderers Community Trust Trustee. 

His daughter Isabella has Down Syndrome and today marked her 14th Birthday, which annually coincides with #WorldDownSyndromeDay.

Paul penned some lovely words yesterday, dedicated to Isabella, beautifully marking #WorldDownSyndromeDay and perhaps #WorldPoetryDay somewhat, as well:


An early happy birthday shout-out to my baby girl, Isabella, who turns 14 tomorrow.

She is all the colours in the rainbow, a kaleidoscope of chromatic hues.

She is the blue in a clear morning sky and the orange of a burning midday sun;

A gathering of chartreuse on a lush meadow and the purple-pink of firefly heather.

She is carnation red and chrysanthemum violet, crocus saffron and daffodil apricot.

She is the fragrance of springtime flora and the melody of nature’s geometry. 

She is perfectly imperfect and imperfectly perfect.

I didn’t know what my purpose in life was until God gifted Isabella to me.

From the moment she was born she has fought to prove everybody and everything wrong.

But not me. I have faith in her and take inspiration from how she flourishes through adversity.

She cannot read and perhaps never will, so she will never see the words I write about her.

But, trust me, every atom in my body believes in her, loves her and fights for her.

14! Fourteen! Oh how chronology moves apace. She is on the verge of adulthood yet will remain for evermore my baby girl.

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