Leeds Mencap work to improve the lives and opportunities of children and adults with a learning disability and their families and carers. They run the Hawthorn Family Support Centre, East End Park, which is set to benefit from the proceeds raised from the Great North Run.|
The centre, the only one of its kind in Leeds, provides support for 23 families of disabled children aged up to three.
Kate Grimshaw, fundraiser for Leeds Mencap, said: 'This is a huge morale boost for everyone connected with Mencap. As well as the Hawthorn Centre we operate a residential home for 12 adults in Chapel Allerton as well as youth clubs and play schemes across Leeds.'
Commenting on the run McDermott said, 'This is one of the biggest challenges of my sporting life. Although I had over 10 years a professional sportsman, I never had to run 13 miles in one go so I know this will be tough, especially with my knee which is like a wonky wheel! But it is for a great charity who do a fantastic job in the city of Leeds. Iím not sure how I get myself into these things but life is about challenges and Iím really looking forward to Sunday now, honestly!'
Leeds Mencap is a local charity run exclusively for and by the people of Leeds. They provide vital services for children and adults with a learning disability and their parents and carers. Although affiliated with Mencap they are not funded by the national group so rely on local donations and sponsorship entirely.
Their services include the Hawthorn family support centre for children from 0-3 with a learning disability. The children are cared for in a playroom while their parents have the opportunity to speak to other parents who face similar issues in the first few years of their childís life. One parent said: 'Hawthorns gave me support, a place to relax, and it became the highlight of our week. No one made any funny comments they just accepted us and then we started going to a local mums and tots group and I was strong enough to cope!'
Leeds Mencap run a residential home for 12 adults and various youth clubs and playschemes amongst other activities.
For more ideas visit the website www.leedsmencap.org.uk or get in touch with Kate Grimshaw firstname.lastname@example.org 0113 2351331
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