Princess Diana’s goddaughter, who has Down’s syndrome, gets her first pay cheque at 24 after impressing cafe bosses

PRINCESS Diana's goddaughter has received her first pay cheque after she wowed bosses at a Brighton cafe.

Domenica Lawson, who has Down's syndrome, secured her first job last month at the Pavilion Gardens Cafe in the centre of the bustling seaside city.

The 24-year-old's mum, Rosa Monckton – who was one of Princess Diana's close friends – took to social media to share her proud news.

"Domenica receiving her first pay cheque," she wrote, alongside an image of the happy youngster.

"I could not be more proud. Thank you."

Rosa is the founder of charity, Team Domenica and campaigns for the rights of young people living with disabilities.

Domenica, who took part in the charity's Supported Internship Programme, completed a short work placement at the cafe.

But after impressing bosses, she secured a paid job there twice a week.

"It feels amazing really and I feel very important to have money," said Domenica.

"I love working there and the people are lovely.”​

Domenica's dad, journalist Dominic Lawson added: "Team Domenica has transformed my daughter’s life and prospects.

"Better still, it has made her happier than she has ever been."

The charity was set up to help young adults with learning disabilities find and retain meaningful employment.

With a training centre, training cafe and employment centre, Team Domenica provides employment programmes for young adults with a wide range of abilities.

Rosa explained she passionately promotes Princess Diana's belief that “everybody needs to be valued and everyone has the potential to give something back”.

Rosa began a legal battle earlier this year to challenge the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – which she says prevents parents making decisions for their kids with learning disabilities when they reach the age of 18.

"When Domenica was born… no one ever warned us how the state can prevent you from exercising the care you know your child needs," she said.

"Diana, who had more empathy and emotional understanding than anyone I have ever met, got it absolutely right when she said, 'A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's.

"We were told that it was unlikely that Domenica would ever walk or talk.

"Dancing is now her greatest passion, and to have a few hours of paid work a week is such an extraordinary testimony to her determination, to the expertise of the staff at Team Domenica and to the enthusiasm of the Pavilion Garden Cafe."

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