Brackaville woman to take plunge for Mencap’s new family centre

Mencap staff member Una Brown from Coalisland is getting ready to take a 'big step forward' for the charity as she completes a hair-raising Skydive challenge in Garvagh near Coleraine on 27th June in aid of the Big Step Forward Appeal. The Appeal is seeking to raise �1.7m to build, equip and run a new centre for children and young people with a learning disability and their families in Northern Ireland. Una will be jumping alongside other Mencap staff.  Pictured L-R are: Justine Curran; Una Brown and Johnny Hanna from Mencap. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Mencap staff member Una Brown from Coalisland is getting ready to take a 'big step forward' for the charity as she completes a hair-raising Skydive challenge in Garvagh near Coleraine on 27th June in aid of the Big Step Forward Appeal. The Appeal is seeking to raise �1.7m to build, equip and run a new centre for children and young people with a learning disability and their families in Northern Ireland. Una will be jumping alongside other Mencap staff. Pictured L-R are: Justine Curran; Una Brown and Johnny Hanna from Mencap. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

A Brackaville woman will be jumping out of her comfort zone, quite literally, when she undertakes a daredevil skydive in aid of the charity, Mencap.

Una Brown (nee McAliskey) is Project Manager for the charity’s new family centre, which is due to open early next year.

She admits the hair-raising fundraiser fills her with more than a few nerves, but insists it will all be worth it if she can do her bit for Mencap’s Big Step Forward Appeal.

“What better way to help with the building the new child and family centre than to jump out of a plane!”, quips Una.

“I will be doing the skydive on 27 June and we will be up at a height of 15,000 feet. It is a tandem dive so I know that I will be completely in the hands of the instructor, but that’s fine.”

Una is no stranger to challenging herself, having previously undertaken a trek through New Zealand in 2004, and says the people of Coalisland were very generous and supportive of her at that time.

If you would like to donate to Una’s fundraiser, you can do so online at www.justgiving.com/UnaBrown

To take part, contact Mencap on 90 691651 or email fundraising.ni@mencap.org.uk