One challenge not enough for Watford Mencap supporter

On Thursday evening, Watford Mencap supporter Bernie Byers visited Watford Mencap Children’s Centre on St Albans Road. On April 17th, 2011, Bernie will be running the London Marathon in aid of Watford Mencap and it was a great opportunity for him to see first hand, one of the services he is supporting.

Bernie has a good understanding of learning disability and is well aware of Mencap and the services it offers. Bernie’s sister Patsy, who sadly passed away in 2009, was born with Down’s Syndrome, and this is his motivation behind wanting to raise money for Watford Mencap.

 Bernie explained;

‘I have first hand experience of growing up with a sister with Down’s Syndrome. I felt very privileged to be invited to The Watford Mencap Children Centre this week. To see the daily challenges my parents faced, without the support of such a facility, makes me determined to complete this challenge, enabling me to support the families that really need our help’.

Bernie is no stranger to a challenge. In 2010, he ran a half marathon with his partner Julia Braithwaite, to support Watford Mencap’s services, raising over £570. This time he is hoping to raise £1500.

 During his visit, Bernie donned his running gear and spent some time meeting the children. Watford Mencap’s Children’s Centre supports over 150 children with a learning disability, whilst also providing much needed respite for their parents.

 Bernie commented;

‘For me the Watford Mencap Centre represents an invaluable support facility and I could not be more motivated to complete the marathon and raise as much money as possible. You just have to see the smiles on the children's faces to know this deserves every bit of support we can provide.’

 Please show your support to Bernie in this difficult challenge and support Watford Mencap by sponsoring Bernie at


Posted on Tuesday, 8th March 2011