Eastbourne and District Mencap is urging local athletes to run for the organisation at this year’s Beachy Head Marathon on October 26.
The charity, which supports adults with learning difficulties, says it often gets overlooked in favour of more high profile charities with more visually appealing causes and even by the Central Mencap, from which it receives no funding.
It also says that many people don’t realise that when they donate to the national charity, none of the money is spent locally.
Paul Durrant of Eastbourne and District Mencap said charities helping adults face an uphill battle when it comes to positioning themselves in a market place flooded with causes that resonate more with the general public.
“We don’t have the big budgets of some of the larger charities so it is more difficult for us to get people to take our charity to their hearts,” said Paul.
“Learning difficulties can be caused before birth, soon afterwards or as a result of an accident – it could touch anyone of us.”
“Those with learning difficulties are very vulnerable people; it is vitally important that we do as much as we can to empower and support them to cope with life’s challenges.”
Eastbourne and District Mencap has three residential homes in Eastbourne, one supported living bungalow as well as a day centre – The Hive of Activity in Pevensey Road, which provides a wide programme of events and activities, which helps broaden the users perspective and make them feel part of a community.
The charity is currently in the process of raising £500,000 to refurbish its Sedgemoor and Framley residential homes in the Upperton area, which will include the installation of a lift as many of its residents will soon need support to get up the stairs. The charity is £400,000 away from its goal.
Anyone wishing to take part in the marathon for the charity should visit www.eastbournencap.org.uk