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Posted on 10 Feb 10 Feb

Northern Ireland’s business community is being challenged to take up the baton for Mencap at Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

Staff members from the George Best Belfast City Airport and McKinty and Wright Solicitors will participate in the relay event in aid of Mencap on May 2.

Belfast’s Grand Opera House, the Ulster Teachers’ Union and Murdock Builders Merchants have also entered relay teams in support of Mencap and other organisations across Northern Ireland are being urged to do the same.

All funds raised through the marathon and its associated events will help enhance Mencap’s services, allowing them to provide support to even more children and young people with a learning disability throughout Northern Ireland.

Justine Curran, Area Fundraising Manager, Mencap said: “We are so grateful to businesses for signing up a relay team for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and funds will help us run the crucial services we offer, like after school programmes and respite days.

“We also plan to launch a support service for families who have a child born with a learning disability.

“The support of organisations such as Belfast City Airport and McKinty and Wright, as well as the Grand Opera House and Murdock Builders Merchants, will make our services more accessible to people in need throughout Northern Ireland.

“We hope other businesses follow the example these companies have set by signing up a relay team to #doit4mencap!”

As a Mencap Ambassador, Belfast City Airport Chief Executive Brian Ambrose chaired the organisation’s Big Step Forward Appeal and has seen first-hand how Mencap helps people in the local community.

He said: “I’ve been involved with Mencap for a number of years and have seen the great work the charity carries out to support those with a learning disability across Northern Ireland.

“The airport has invested extensively in local groups and projects in recent years through its Community Fund, so it is fantastic to be able to continue this support through our staff’s participation in this year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

“As well as putting together a team, we will also support Mencap by handing out refreshments at one of the marathon’s cheering stations which is located just outside the airport.”

McKinty and Wright Solicitors have been another big supporter of Mencap in the last two years and the Belfast law firm has signed up teams for both the relay and 8 Mile Walk in aid of Mencap.

Legal Executive Michelle Mooney, believes; “Supporting Mencap has been an incredibly rewarding experience for our organisation.

“We have greatly enjoyed learning about the organisation’s services and meeting the people Mencap benefits.

“We will be there on marathon day running for Mencap, and we can’t wait to see how many other businesses cross the finish line for this important organisation.”

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