Mencap Ambassador The Edge tours new Mencap Centre outside Belfast
Ahead of U2’s second Belfast show, Mencap Ambassador and U2 guitarist The Edge today visited the new Mencap Centre under construction in Newtownbreda and met with Mencap young ambassadors and children with a learning disability and their families.
Mencap’s new state-of-the-art building will provide support for children and young people with a learning disability, along with their families, and will open in January 2016 following a successful ongoing fundraising campaign – The Big Step Forward Appeal – which aims to raise £1.7million towards completion of the project.
The Edge was invited to become a Mencap Ambassador back in 2009 by his cousin, Ciara Lawrence, who has a learning disability and works for Mencap in London.
Speaking from the Newtownbreda site today, The Edge said: “I’ve been looking forward to seeing the new Centre. We all need a stimulating environment and this looks like it will provide great support for families.”
During his visit, The Edge also learned that Mencap in Northern Ireland has been named Official Charity Partner of Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon for the next three years.
He said; “Supporting the marathon is an easy way to back Mencap, which is particularly important at the moment, with the cost of this amazing facility. On a personal level, Mencap has done so much for my cousin Ciara in helping her reach her full potential. Everyone should have access to this kind of support.”
Margaret Kelly, Director, Mencap NI, added: “We are incredibly grateful to The Edge for taking time from his busy schedule to visit our new centre today.
“The families attending this special event were so happy to meet him and hear more about his support for Mencap.
“He has been a fantastic ambassador for Mencap and we hope his continued support inspires others to back Mencap and help make our new centre and the services we provide the best they can be for the whole of Northern Ireland.”
To donate to Mencap’s new Mencap Centre or to support Mencap in the 2016 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, visit mencapbigstepforward.org or call 028 9069 1351.
There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want. www.mencap.org.uk