Marathon baton passed for Mencap

26 January 2016

Marathon baton passed for Mencap

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Chair David Seaton joined TV personality Pamela Ballantine and Mencap Ambassador James Martin to start the special baton relay celebrating Mencap’s partnership with the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon for the next three years.

Young people with a learning disability teamed up with other local and corporate supporters for the 1.1-mile walk from Mencap’s Segal House on Annadale Avenue to its new, state-of-the-art Mencap Centre in Newtownbreda.

In its final stage of construction, Mencap Centre will open this spring.

Speaking from the relay event, Margaret Kelly, Director, Mencap Northern Ireland, explained that the new building is just the beginning of how the charity plans to grow the scope of services offered:

“The relay today was a special way to celebrate our partnership with Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and share with supporters exactly what we hope to achieve with their support.

“Our new centre will allow us to continue offering essential services like our early intervention service for children aged 2-4 years old, but will allow us the opportunity to expand on these activities, helping more children with a learning disability, autism or developmental delay and their families across Northern Ireland.

“But our new building is only the start of what’s to come from Mencap in Northern Ireland. We will soon offer community programmes like after school clubs, summer play schemes and respite days – funded from the money we raise from those who #doit4mencap at the Belfast marathon.

“We also intend to launch a new family support service, ensuring that when a child is born with a learning disability we are there to support them and their family.

David Seaton, Chair of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, added:

“We chose Mencap as our official charity partner because of the amazing services they provide across Northern Ireland to children with a learning disability and their families.

“Taking part in the relay was a great way for me to meet the people who directly benefit from Mencap’s work.

“I encourage everyone to lace up their trainers this year and take part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon in aid of Mencap, whether it’s the full marathon, the team relay, the 8-Mile Walk or the Fun Run.

“I know the marathon’s support will make a huge difference in the lives of so many.”

To find out how you can #doit4mencap  by supporting Mencap in the 2016 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and its associated events, please visit, email; or call 028 9069 1351.