At a recent U2 concert at The o2 in London The Edge took time out to meet with fans who have a learning disability to help raise awareness of issues faced by young people with a learning disability.
The Edge has a cousin with a learning disability and is an ambassador of the charity Mencap. He met with three members of Mencap’s Young Ambassadors programme, which brings together 16-25 year olds with a learning disability who help to breakdown negative perceptions of learning disability with their inspirational life stories.
The three Young Ambassadors were Loreley Bedoya 19 from Kentish Town, Kelsey Ramsey 23 from Romford and Ellie Larkin 23 from Harrow, who all got the chance to meet The Edge.
Ellie Larkin, one of Mencap’s Young Ambassadors who said:
“This was my second concert I’ve ever been to and first time at the o2. It was my first time at the o2 I couldn’t believe how big it was, wow! We were so close to the stage I could see every moment and movement it was amazing! I couldn’t tell you how many people were there probably more than 4 or 5 thousand. What a night! I have been rocking out.”
U2 and the Edge donated a number of tickets to Mencap, some of which were auctioned off the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Sportsman’s dinner. Mencap are one of the beneficiary charities of the Appeal. Others we’re given to the Young Ambassadors to help raise awareness of the issues facing young people with a learning disability.
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