Josh Magennis #StepUp4Mencap

15 December 2016

Josh Magennis #StepUp4Mencap

We are absolutely delighted to say that Northern Ireland and Charlton Athletic football star Josh Magennis has been named the newest Celebrity Ambassador for Mencap. For his first order of business, Josh is calling on marathon runners, relay team members and fun runners across Northern Ireland to support the charity and #StepUp4Mencap in 2017’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.


As a Northern Ireland native, Josh said he was interested in supporting Mencap; to give back to the place that gave him so much support before he became a professional footballer.

“It means a lot to me to be an ambassador for Mencap,” Josh said. “As a kid growing up in Northern Ireland, I received so much support and was taught that nothing is impossible. It’s important for people to know that children and young people with a learning disability should be valued and that they have a voice. With our support and their determination, passion and dedication, they can achieve anything.

“It’s an honour and privilege to be chosen as an ambassador for Mencap and I look forward to using my platform on social media and beyond to spread the word of the amazing work Mencap is doing across Northern Ireland.”

Josh’s announcement comes six months ahead of your 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon challenge, for which Mencap is the official charity partner. As an elite athlete, Josh said training for an event like a marathon is a great way to encourage fitness in the community while also supporting such a worth charity! .

“I think it’s a fantastic thing for people to train and fundraise for a run or walk for Mencap. Whether you plan to do the full marathon or get some friends together for the relay, it’s a great way to stay fit and raise money for a charity that is deserving of your donation. I know there may be people who may not be able to donate as much or run as far as others, but every little bit counts.”

Mencap is so excited to have Josh as our newest ambassador! We are confident his enthusiasm and dedication to raising awareness and supporting  what we do for children and young people with a learning disability and their families will encourage you to #StepUp4Mencap too! .

This great news also comes at a great time as there is now 20% off discount between Sunday 27th November and midnight Saturday 10th December for anyone who signs up for the marathon, the relay, the Fun Run or the 8 Mile Walk in aid of Mencap.

We’d love it if you could encourage others to take advantage of this great deal and start training and fundraising to #StepUp4Mencap!

Or Why not join our Thunder Clap and share on your facebook and twitter accounts to spread this fantastic news.