Video: Balloon release in Grantham marks Yellow Day to recognise global development delay

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Dozens of yellow, red and blue balloons swept across the skies above Grantham today (Friday).

They were released from Huntingtower Community Primary Academy to mark Yellow Day, a day to raise awareness of the condition global development delay (GDD).

Balloons released by pupils of Huntingtower Primary Community Academy to mark a day of raising awareness of global development delay.

Balloons released by pupils of Huntingtower Primary Community Academy to mark a day of raising awareness of global development delay.

Three pupils of the Grantham school have the condition, which is a form of disability not widely recognised.

One pupil is Courtney Reddish, and her mum Miranda helped organise the event along with the school’s special educational needs co-ordinator Dawn Bradshaw.

Miranda, 44, said: “This is the second year we’ve done it. We do it to make people aware of GDD. Today has been emotional. In assembly this morning, just to see all the children in yellow stuff was lovely.”

Miranda was full of praise for the school, and in particular the work Dawn does with Courtney.

Dawn said: “The day has been amazing, and it’s all down to families and the school working together.”

This was echoed by headteacher Mark Anderson, who said: “It’s been fantastic, just brilliant. The children really entered into it – we didn’t ask them to do anything other than wear yellow. People ask them why they’re wearing yellow and they’ll say it’s because of global development delay.”

Red balloons were released in recognition of the First World War centenary.