Edel Harris OBE, Chief Executive of the learning disability charity Mencap, is swimming the length of the London Marathon – 26.2 miles – to raise vital funds for people with a learning
disability. The swim, which has been taking place throughout October, everywhere from London to Belfast, is part of Mencap’s ‘Superhero Challenge’, a nationwide series of ‘super’ fundraising events to support
the 1.5 million people in the UK living with a learning disability.
When we think of superheroes, we think of a range of characters with superhuman powers but not all superheroes need to fly or have X-ray vision to change lives. Some superheroes can change the
world by supporting someone in need, and this includes Mencap’s amazing support workers, helpline volunteers and fearless campaigners.
Edel, who became Chief Executive of Mencap in January 2020, will be swimming 26.2 miles – many of them in the open air – throughout the month of October, after being challenged by Mencap ambassador
and marathon runner Aaron Plummer, 22. Aaron, who has a learning disability and cerebral palsy, has completed the London Marathon three times for Mencap, and will join Edel for her final mile at Crouch End Lido, in London, on Sunday 30th
Edel Harris OBE, Chief Executive of the learning disability charity Mencap, says: “When
I was challenged by Aaron, I
knew I had to do my bit especially now that Aaron has run
three marathons for Mencap!
“As a charity, fundraising has never been more important to us. The cost-of-living crisis
is going to affect almost everyone, but we know that people with a learning disability, their families and their carers
will really struggle. Currently, more people than ever are missing out on the care they need and Mencap’s
services offer vital support to the 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK.
“I’d like to thank our brilliant ambassador Aaron for inspiring me
to take on this super swim!”
Aaron Plummer says:
“I’m so happy that Edel is finally doing this challenge and I’m looking forward to joining her. I can’t wait to swim the final mile with her and raise money for Mencap, a charity
which has supported me and helped me so much over the years.”
Every penny raised from Edel’s ‘Superhero Swim’ will go towards funding Mencap’s life-changing work to support the 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK to lead happy and healthy
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