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Little girl with Down’s syndrome thrilled as doll is modelled after her

Little Rosie holding the Rosie doll (Picture: Jason Kneen/PA)

Little Rosie Barnett, six, from Wiltshire, is a huge Lottie Dolls fan.

After Rosie’s parents made a full-sized version of the Lottie Doll treehouse in their garden in 2020, the toy company got in touch with the family.

Irish toy brand Lottie Dolls decided to honour the little girl and others like her for World Down Syndrome Day (21 March) and released a doll in her likeness.

Lottie Dolls co-founder Ian Harkin named the doll Rosie Boo after Rosie, which is now available for pre-order.

And some of the money from each website sale will go to local Down’s syndrome charity Andover Twenty1.

Rosie and her dad Jason Kneen are delighted with the news.

Jason said: ‘We’re thrilled, at this time of year especially, that we can raise awareness for Down’s syndrome and educate children on the differences that Down’s syndrome comes with, and what makes these kids special.

‘The nice thing about Lottie is that they’re very diverse and inclusive in terms of how they approach the design of the dolls.

‘It’s really important that they have done different disabilities, different body types, and this is a great opportunity, with the extra information that has gone into the pack as well.’

Lottie Dolls called the doll Rosie Boo

The Rosie Boo doll features odd socks, a symbol worn to celebrate WDSD, and supportive boots to help with walking.

Brand co-founder Ian added: ‘We have learnt how playing with toys with differences helps develop empathy in kids before culture determines how we should react to differences.

Look at that smile (Picture: Jason Kneen/PA)

‘To me, that’s one of the most powerful things we’ve discovered about doll play, the positive impact that can empower kids but also potentially to help reduce bullying by normalising differences.

‘It’s incredibly powerful for kids to be able to see a doll in their likeness but equally it’s important that all kids have a diverse toy box.’

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