Companies and organisations across Northern Ireland are ditching their work shoes for running shoes to support learning disability charity Mencap, the official charity of the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.
Five local organisations – William Coates Limited, Crowne Plaza, George Best Belfast City Airport, Mammoth and Morrow Communications – are among the companies that have entered relay teams and marathoners in the Belfast race.
Employees at Belfast City Airport and Mammoth have also entered to compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Mencap in April.
Lynsey Weir from William Coates Limited is one of the runners from the mechanical and electrical engineering company taking part. She said:
“At William Coates, we see running in the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon as a wonderful opportunity to give something to our community and we are especially pleased to participate in the race in aid of Mencap. Having witnessed the magnificent and hugely rewarding work going on at the Mencap Centre it’s a privilege to do our little bit for the furtherance of Mencap’s work.”
Margaret Kelly, Director of Mencap in Northern Ireland, said she is grateful to the companies who are logging miles and fundraising hours to support Mencap. She added:
“We would like to thank everyone from the Northern Ireland business community who has signed up for marathons in Belfast and London in aid of Mencap. It is not easy to run a full marathon or even a leg of the relay, so we appreciate everyone who is spending their Bank Holiday Monday in support of Mencap on Marathon Day.
“Of course running the marathon is just one part of the process – these companies are also fundraising to help us raise money our organisation urgently needs. Money raised through marathon donations will go toward a number of initiatives such as a new family support programme that will provide bespoke guidance to families with a child diagnosed with a learning disability. The initiative is a first for our organisation and it’s a crucial step in our goal to reach as many children in Northern Ireland as we can.”
“We encourage any business or organisation interested in signing up for the marathon to do so by the deadline, 14th April 2017. Sign-ups keep coming in so we can’t wait to see how many businesses ‘Step Up for Mencap’!”
To sign up for the team relay, full marathon or any of the associated events at the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 02890 691 351 or visit mencapbigstepforward.org.