1. Why were you interested in becoming an ambassador for Mencap? What does it mean to you to be an ambassador of a charity?

It is important that people with a learning disability are valued on every single level and feel that they have a voice and rights just like any other human being. Nothing is impossible. With determination, passion and dedicated people willing to support them, they can achieve anything they wish.

It means a lot to me to be a Mencap Celebrity Ambassador. It’s an honour and privilege to be seen as a person to represent everything good about what Mencap is. I look forward to using my platform on social media and beyond to spread the word of the amazing work Mencap is doing across Northern Ireland.

2. The money raised from the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will go toward a variety of initiatives including a new family support programme, which will offer one-on-one guidance to families with children with a learning disability. What would you say to anyone thinking of fundraising for Mencap?

I think it’s essential for people to help fundraise on any level for Mencap. I know there are people who may not be able to donate as much as others, but every donation counts. If you can donate time, it will be welcomed just as much. People give in different ways and as long as it’s as much as you think you can do, that’s more than enough.
 

3. Mencap is the official charity of the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. What inspires you to stay active?

First and foremost, my kids. I have two beautiful children who motivate me to stay as healthy as possible to provide for them. Of course, being a professional athlete is also a big motivator. My job pushes me to be in the best physical condition for me to succeed on a daily basis.

4. What would you say to anyone considering taking on the full 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon or relay event?

I think it’s a fantastic thing for people to train and fundraise for a run or walk for charity. Whether you plan to do the full marathon or get some friends together for the relay, it’s a great way to stay fit and raise money for a charity that is deserving of your donation.

I encourage everyone to wear the Mencap name with pride on Marathon Day and strut your stuff!

Barbara Norris Q and A

Barbara Norris is in training for the Mencap Learning Disability Relay Team
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