Garry Watson, Doreen Alexander, Annette Mc Collum, and Cathy McElmurray are all Support Workers for Mencap’s Supported Living Service in Omagh.
Mencap Supported Living Service provide support for people with a learning disability in their own homes and in specially adapted housing designed to meet people’s needs. Omagh Supported Living service also provides a full range of support for tenants in their houses.
Mencap staff help people find a wide range of activities that they would like to do in their local community as well as support in their homes. The charity works with people to ensure they can access the activities they want at a time they choose.
Garry Watson, one of the Camino Trekkers said:
"It was the walk of a lifetime for all of us and raised such valuable money to support Mencap. We are all very proud of the work we do and it’s a good way to directly help people with a learning disability who all have the right to live independently in their community and if needed they should be supported to do so, which is our job."
The Mencap trekkers completed their hike in five days and are still hoping to meet their target of £5000 for Mencap NI. Their decision to take on the challenge came from a coffee break chat about the movie ‘The Way’ with actor James Nesbitt and Charlie Sheen, a tale of four unlikely pilgrims journeying together on the Camino de Santiago and within a fortnight the Mencap staff had their flights booked.
Emma Cochrane, Mencap’s Omagh Supported Living Manager said:
“We are very proud of the four staff that took on this challenge, it really goes above and beyond normal work duties taking on such a challenge and I want to thank every one of them for their dedication and support of Mencap’s work. The funds they have raised will go directly to the Supported Living Service in Omagh and will help provide vital support to people with a learning disability and make a difference to people’s lives.”
The Mencap Camino Trekkers had great support from local businesses and thank P&L Taxis, Scott and Ewing Ltd, RecyCo, Pat Kirk Ltd, Buchanan Fuels and Creagh Concrete for their generous donations of £100 each and for their sponsorship of the groups t-shirts previous to the trek.
Jonathan Hanna, Mencap Community Fundraiser said:
“It’s great to see our staff supporting Mencap’s work. If anyone in the Omagh area is interested in doing a Trek or any other fundraising events to support our work in Omagh then please get in touch.’
You can still contribute directly to the Mencap Camino Trekkers fundraising efforts by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gary-mccollum or alternatively you can contact Mencap NI for more information: 028 9069 1351 or firstname.lastname@example.org