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IMPORTANT: SUBJECT TO THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION. KEEP UP TO DATE BY LOOKING AT OUR WEBSITE, FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES. A 24-HOUR football marathon and a Guided Walk Across Morecambe Bay sands will help raise vital funds for Carlisle Mencap – and we want YOU to take part!

Posted Wednesday, 11th March 2020

A 24-HOUR football marathon and a Guided Walk Across Morecambe Bay sands will help raise vital funds for Carlisle Mencap – and we want YOU to take part!

BIG FUNDRAISER 1! Carlisle Mencap has teamed up with SoccerWorld in Rome Street, Carlisle, to stage the 24-Hour Football Marathon from 6pm on Friday June 19 to 6pm on Saturday, June 20.  

The charity would love to hear from companies, pubs, colleges or just groups of mates, male and female, aged 17 and above. You can enter as individuals or as teams and, depending on numbers, the 24-hour marathon will take the form of a continuous match featuring two squads, or a round-robin contest featuring seven-a-side teams.


For individuals, you will pay a minimum of £40 to take part – either a flat fee or through sponsorship. £30 to be paid TWO WEEKS BEFORE EVENT. If paying just a flat fee, the remaining £10 MUST BE PAID ON THE DAY.

Phil Taylor, events and fundraising officer for Carlisle Mencap, said: “I am a huge football fan and I know many other people are, so this is a great chance to take part in a fantastic sporting challenge. It is just £70 for a team of seven to enter but we hope those players will also get sponsorship. We are asking for a minimum of £40 but we hope players will actually raise as much in sponsorship as they can, because this is a key event in our fundraising strategy to help young people with learning disabilities across Cumbria.”

Phil added that the money would go towards the charity’s children’s centres at Huntley Avenue in Penrith and the Grace Little Centre in Carlisle. 

As well as the 24-hour event on the seven-a-side pitch, on Saturday morning there will be a Walking Football demonstration match for older players, male and female, on one of the five-a-side pitches and on another five-a-side pitch a game featuring young players of all abilities including disabled players. If anyone fancies playing in one of these two matches, they can for just a small donation of their own choice to Carlisle Mencap.

BIG FUNDRAISER 2! Then, on Sunday First off is the Guided Walk Across The Sands on Sunday July 19. The plan is for people to take part in one of the famous guided walks across the sands on Sunday, July 19, to help the charity in its quest to raise £30,000 towards the running costs of its Grace Little Centre for children in north Carlisle.

The walk would set off from Arnside, Cumbria, at 4.30pm and, depending on the route taken, will last three to four hours and by six to eight miles long before finishing at Kent’s Bank in Lancashire. The walk is suitable for any children and adults in reasonably good health who are happy walking up to four hours. 

To take part, walkers will be invited to get sponsorship of at least £50 – or pay a flat fee of £50. Coach travel for 34 people is available to and from Carlisle for an extra £7 per person. £40 to be paid TWO WEEKS BEFORE EVENT. If paying just a flat fee, the remaining £10 MUST BE PAID ON DAY.

People have been crossing the Morecambe Bay sands with a royally-appointed guide since the 1500s, and enjoying the spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Sheila Gregory, chief executive officer of Carlisle Mencap, said: “This is a marvellous - and healthy – way to raise money for a very good cause. These walks are internationally famous because of the amazing scenery and wildlife you encounter. We ask for a minimum of £50 but we really hope people can bring in much more than that - £100, £200 – the more the merrier!” 

“Because most importantly, you will be helping raise vital funds for our Grace Little Centre. Running costs are £150,000 every year and due to austerity and cuts in funding, we have been subsidising the centre to the tune of £30,000 a year from our own reserves, which just isn’t sustainable. So this is why fundraising events like this are so important.”

To take part, or to find out more, about the two events, please contact the charity’s events and fundraising officer Phil Taylor on 01228 674393 or by email at   

·         Closing date to register for the Football Marathon and demonstration matches Monday April 27.

·         Closing date to register for the Guided Walk is 5pm Monday April 20 but first come first served with regards those who require coach travel on the day. 


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