Video: Leeds Rhinos star Danny is backing charity’s £750k fundraising campaign

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He knows all about tackling big challenges on the pitch – so who better than Leeds Rhinos star Danny McGuire to kick off a major charity fundraising campaign?

Leeds Mencap is aiming to raise £750,000 for a new centre on the site of the former Mount St Mary’s School, off York Road.

Danny McGuire and Leeds Mencap's Cath Lee at today's launch in City Square.

Danny McGuire and Leeds Mencap's Cath Lee at today's launch in City Square.

And, speaking ahead of a launch event in City Square today, Danny urged the whole of Leeds to get behind the Space For Me fundraising drive.

He said: “This campaign is an urgent appeal to the people of Leeds.

“There are hundreds of young people and families with learning disabilities that won’t get the support they need without this new centre.

“I’ve worked with Leeds Mencap for a long time and I’ve seen first hand the positive impact they make.

“The new building will expand services, support and space, making the impact even greater.”

The proposed Raincliffe Road centre would house Leeds Mencap’s specialist services for children with disabilities as well as a nursery and other facilities for the wider community.

Around £1.75m of the total £2.5m cost of the scheme has already been found thanks to support from donors including Jimbo’s Fund, set up by the late Leeds philanthropist Jimi Heselden.

Leeds Mencap chief executive officer Cath Lee said: “The new community space will help people from a wide range of backgrounds, integrating people with and without learning disabilities from east Leeds and the whole city.”

For further information, visit the www.leedsmencap.org.uk/spaceforme web page.

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