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Posted on 23 Jun 23 Jun

Learning disability charity Mencap is ‘under starter’s orders’ for its annual Race Day Friday 19th June, 2015 at Down Royal Racecourse. The race day will raise funds for Mencap’s Big Step Forward Appeal, a public appeal to build, equip and run a new Children and Families’ centre in Northern Ireland.

Currently in its 16th year, the Mencap Race Day will include fine dining, live entertainment, free prize draw, auction and, of course, exciting racing. The event will be hosted by local personality Pamela Ballantine, a long-time supporter of Mencap.

All proceeds from the Race Day will go to Mencap’s Big Step Forward Appeal, which is raising vital public funds towards Mencap’s new Children and Families’ Centre. Set to open in January 2016 on the site of the former Newtownbreda Primary School in South Belfast, at the heart of the centre will be Mencap’s relocated Segal House nursery for 2 to 4 year-olds with a learning disability, autism and developmental delay.

Pamela Ballantine, this year’s host, said she is looking forward to the day: “Mencap Race Day is a top event in the Northern Ireland social calendar and it’s one of my favourites as Mencap is a charity that’s close to my heart. This year’s Race Day is extra special because proceeds are going to the Big Step Forward Appeal. The Appeal has had great success so far with generous support from the Northern Ireland public, as well as recent donations from the Rory Foundation and Downtown Radio and CoolFM’s children’s charity Cash for Kids. It’s crucial that we continue to fundraise so Mencap can meet its goal of £1.7million, which is needed to make the new centre a reality.”

Race sponsor for Mencap’s 2015 Race Day is Quilter Cheviot, an investment management company with offices in Great Britain, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Quilter Cheviot Limited is a member of the London Stock Exchange and authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority. Nigel Crawford of Quilter Cheviot’s Belfast office said:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring Mencap Race Day for 2015. The centre is going to be a valuable addition to Northern Ireland and our sponsorship of this event is our way of helping Mencap reach its fundraising goal for the Big Step Forward Appeal.”

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