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Take part in the iconic Virgin London Marathon or the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon.

We have been lucky enough to secure 3 charity places to this year’s virtual London Marathon this October…. If you are interested in running for Leeds Mencap, get in touch. 50,000 runners will be participating virtually from all over the world!  To register your interest, contact caitlin.hazell@leedsmencap.org.uk

Or if you would like to run in London, we have one place available. If you would like to apply for this, we would love to hear from you. You’ll need to pay an entry fee and raise a minimum sponsorship.

If you already have a place and would like to run for Leeds Mencap please sign up here. You can then raise sponsorship for us – just let us know you’re taking part by completing the form below, emailing Caitlin on caitlin.hazell@leedsmencap.org.uk or call us on 0113 2351331. We will do everything we can, to support your fundraising journey!

Once you’ve secured a charity place, set up your Virgin Money Giving page and let all your family and friends that you are running for Leeds Mencap.

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Show your support for children with learning disabilities by raising money and spreading awareness during Learning Disability Week.

Check out our Do your own thingsection and see if anything takes your fancy!


Sadly, some of our planned events and challenges, like the Leeds Half Marathon have been postponed, but the good news is, you can still get involved with your family, friends and community if you’d like to raise vital funds for Leeds Mencap.

There are lots of fun ways to virtually fundraise, choose an activity that’s right for you at a time that suits you. Your support is hugely important and means we can be there for children with learning disabilities across Leeds.

Don’t let that training go to waste! You can still run and record your chosen distance 5km, 10km or half marathon anywhere, at any time, whilst observing the social distancing guidelines or at home on a treadmill. If you decide to get the miles in and fundraise for us, please remember to tag us in your social media selfies or videos when you’re out running @LeedsMencap

Or would you like to do your own virtual fundraising event? Virtual bake-athon, movie-night, book-club or of course a quiz-night! 

We would love to hear your virtual event ideas too and will support you with fundraising tools, including a t-shirt, sponsor form and certificate.

Please fill out the contact form below and we will send you our Virtual Fundraising Ideas sheet.

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Free fall 10,000ft on a skydive to support people with learning disabilities in Leeds

Bridlington Airfield, East Yorkshire – next dates available are Saturday 19 June and Saturday 9 October 2021

Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 feet – the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below. Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go – falling forward into the clouds, diving down through the air as you start freefalling at over 120mph! Then imagine the peace and quiet as the canopy opens, the steering toggles come down either side of you and you begin a tranquil parachute descent from a mile up in the air, steering yourself back down to the centre of the drop zone below.

Imagine being able to do this for FREE whilst harnessed to a professional freefall parachute instructor and at the same time being able to help Leeds Mencap! Stop imagining, it’s real and it’s happening and you can be part of it…

This year – we’d love you to join us and jump for children and young people with learning disabilities!

All we ask is for a registration fee of £70 and that you raise a minimum of £395 for our work. Remember once you have raised this minimum you can get your registration fee back so jump for FREE! 

We’ll give you lots and hints and tips about how you can raise the money and many people have great success setting up an online giving page and asking their friends and everyone they know to support!

We partner with Skyline for your Sky Dive. To secure your place, you can register directly here – APPLY TO TAKE PART.

Every penny you raise will help children with learning disabilities across Leeds! 


Summit Yorkshire’s three tallest peaks in one day and accomplish an ascent of 1,532m – higher than the UK’s largest mountain!

This exciting and rewarding challenge will have you trekking over the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks within a period of just 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The route is extremely scenic and provides spectacular views over the Yorkshire countryside.

While it lasts just one day, this challenge should not be taken lightly as the terrain is extremely varied involving some steep ascents and descents. Participants can expect to cover an almost marathon distance by foot – but in just a matter of hours. So why not take on this iconic challenge in the heart of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks in aid of learning disability in Leeds and conquer Pen Y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with an overall ascent of 1,532m – higher than the UK’s largest mountain!

If you are interested in taking on this challenge, please call the fundraising team on 0113 235 1331 or fill out the form below.

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