£7k raised for Mencap charity in Tyrone

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Members of the public and businesses alike have been digging deep in aid of learning disability charity Mencap. In the last four months, people of Co Tyrone have raised more than £7,000 for the organisation.

Santander in Tyrone recently designated £4,320 from their local community fund for Mencap. The money will be used for the purchase of ‘sensory suitcases’ which contain mobile sensory equipment and soft play items. The portable equipment, which is suitable for adults or children with a complex learning disability, can be easily transported to venues and homes in the local area. Following the donation, Santander has also launched workshops for people with a learning disability to provide them with money management training.

In addition, staff from McKenna’s Bar in Augher have raised money for the charity through special collections and their annual quiz and raffle, raising more than £850 for the charity. Local families have also been signing up to take part in the Belfast City Marathon in aid of Mencap. Among them are Barry McMenamin, Mencap’s Regional Operations Manager based in Tyrone, who is taking part in the event with his family.