Every pound raised through your 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Full and Half Marathon challenge will go towards giving children and young people with a learning disability brighter futures and more fulfilling lives.

Fundraising pack

We know that fundraising can be hard work, so we've developed a Fundraising Half Marathon Handbook to give you useful tips on how best to fundraise, as well as some handy hints to help you increase your fundraising pot with more monies to help your fantastic fundraising efforts.

Download Mencap's A to Z Fundraising Guide for fundraising ideas to get you off on the right foot! You can also get your Half Marathon Handbook, as well as the Half Marathon Sponsorship Form.

We'd love you to pledge to fundraise a minimum amount for Mencap. In return you'll receive some awesome half marathon merchandise. So please show your support for children and young people with a learning disability by filling out the Belfast City Half Marathon Pledge Form.

Online giving

If you have not yet set up your online giving page for your Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon challenge, we would love you to do so using our preferred online giving platform: Everyday Hero.

Read the Everyday Hero Quickstart Fundraisers FAQs for help getting your online giving page up and running.

However, there are many more online giving sites available, such as Just Giving and Virgin Money Giving.

    Your marathon fundraising

    Your full or half marathon challenge will make such a difference to children and young people with a learning disability.

    Here's a few ideas about where your marathon fundraising could go:

    • £100 could pay for a Makaton language programme training session. This may be the only way some parents can communicate with their children and the only way some children can understand their world.
    • £200 could pay for a special day out at an activity centre for young people with a learning disability, helping to boost their confidence and learn new skills.
    • £500 could provide a specialist one to one carer for 2 months, helping a young person with a learning disability to get the support that they really need
    • £1000 could help give 2 months of music therapy for children with a learning disability - allowing them to learn in a fun, interactive way, while giving them a chance to express their feelings in music
    • £2000 could help pay for equipment for a child's specific needs, such as a specialist frame or chair. These items give children the chance to engage with classroom activities in a comfortable way.

    Go digital! Use social media

    We think it's best you use social media to support your fundraising as it really is a very valuable tool to attract donations!

    You can keep your followers up to date with your training regime and let them know you need their help to hit your fundraising targets. And don't forget to thank those who donate - this can help others catch the giving-bug and donate too! 

    Remember: a picture paints a thousand words, so share your images of training and fundraising with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

    You can keep up to date with all our marathon news and the difference you're making to the lives of children and young people with a learning disability by following Mencap Northern Ireland on Twitter and Facebook.

    Wannabe Cheerleaders

    We'll be out in full force, cheering you along the marathon route on the day, so keep an eye out for the Mencap Cheer Stations. 

    We'll have cheerleaders at:

    • Water 1: Albertbridge Road/Stonyford Street - 8:30am to 10:15am
    • Water 2: Divis Street/Leeson Street - 8:45am to 11am
    • Water 3: Dublin Road/Pakenham Street - 9:15am to 11:30am
    • Cheer 1: Albertbridge Road (adjacent to Connswater Shopping Centre) - 9:05am to 10am
    • Cheer 2: Custom Hourse Square/Sweet Table - 9:10am to 10:45am
    • Cheer 6: Botanic Avenue - 9.40am to 11am
    • Cheer 7: Ormeau Road - 9am to 12pm

    Take a look at the full route map which shows where all the water and cheer stations will be set up on race day.

    Download your own Mencap Marathon Cheer Board, and let your friends and family know about the cheer stations so they too can join the Mencap Cheerleaders on the day! 

    To find out more about how to become a Mencap Cheerleader please get in touch:

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