International rugby star urges marathon participants to #doit4mencap

Rugby superstar Paddy Jackson with Matthew Donnelly (11) from Carryduff who attended Segal House Nursery. The Sportsman has become an official ambassador for Mencap. The charity provides vital support for people with a learning disability as well as their families. Visit for more information.

Paddy Jackson is Mencap’s latest celebrity ambassador
As Mencap’s latest celebrity ambassador, rugby superstar Paddy Jackson is calling on the public to run, walk or relay for children and young people with a learning disability at the 2016 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

Paddy’s visit to Mencap’s nursery last May inspired him to become an official ambassador to help raise awareness about learning disability.

Mencap is Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon’s official charity for the next three years and Paddy is urging supporters to take up a marathon challenge.

Paddy said, ‘’For those taking part in Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon or taking on the Fun Run, Relay or the 8-Mile Walk, please consider raising money for Mencap as your chosen charity.

“It’s hard for me to imagine the challenges faced by children with a learning disability and their families but it’s great to know Mencap is there with advice and support.”

“Having spent just a few hours with the kids at the nursery, I saw for myself the difference Mencap makes and when I was asked if I would consider becoming an ambassador for the charity I instantly said yes.”

Mencap’s purpose built Children and Families’ Centre will open in January 2016, housing a state of the art nursery for children with a learning disability aged 2-4 years old.

Vanessa Elder, Regional Fundraising Manager for Mencap in Northern Ireland said, “We’re delighted Paddy Jackson is our new ambassador and thrilled that he is encouraging his supporters to take part in the marathon for Mencap.

“Paddy’s ambassador announcement comes at a perfect time as potential runners, walkers and relay team members can take advantage of a special 35% discount on the 5th November, in honour of the 35th anniversary of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

“It’s for one day only, so mark it on your calendar – Remember, remember the 5th of November and do it for Mencap next May!”

To avail of the 35% discount on 5th November, visit and use the discount code 3MDM16. The discount will only apply to those who do it for Mencap.

For more information email or call Mencap on 02890 691 351.