Find out more about each of our fantastic ambassadors below.

Liam Bairstow

Liam is an actor who is well known from his role on Coronation Street as the brilliant Alex Warner. He is also a resident artist with Mind the Gap, where he has performed in shows such as Treasure Island.

Liam became an ambassador for Mencap in 2019, and is passionate about ensuring people with a learning disability are supported to achieve their dreams.

Liam has featured in a recent hit video on the Mencap YouTube channel where he discusses what having Down's syndrome means to him.

Find Liam on Twitter: @BairstowLiam

Jessica-Jane Applegate

Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE, is a British Paralympic swimmer. She competes in the S14 classification for swimmers with intellectual disabilities. 

Jessica has learning difficulties, an autism spectrum disorder and many physical challenges. She qualified for the 2012 summer Paralympics and won gold on 2 September in the S14 200m freestyles, setting a Paralympic record.

Jessica-Jane became a Mencap ambassador in 2013 and had previously competed in Mencap swimming events such as the Mencap Championships. She is a great support of Mencap Sport and regularly attends and participates in competitions and events. She also supports some of our campaigning and media work, regularly sharing updates on her social media channels.

Find Jessica-Jane on Twitter: @Jessica_jane96

Find Jessica-Jane on Instagram: @jessicajaneapplegate

Andrew Self

Andrew is a talented dancer and recently hit the headlines with his incredible performance on The Greatest Dancer, which received rave reviews and was widely shared on the internet.

Andrew began dancing at the age of 11 and hasn't stopped, referring to himself as "the captain of dance"!

Andrew is also a student at The Orpheus Centre, a specialist college for young disabled people with a passion for the performing arts. 

Andrew kindly agreed to become an ambassador for Mencap in 2019.

Find Andrew on Twitter: @andrewdancer97

Kit Harington

Kit Harington is an English actor, best known for his role as Jon Snow in the HBO series, Game of Thrones. 

Kit has been a Mencap ambassador since 2014. He has a personal connection to the charity through his cousin, Laurent (pictured with Kit), who has Down's syndrome. 

Laurent attended one of Mencap's former colleges and his mothers (Kit's aunt) has cited Mencap as one of the great areas of support that she and Laurent have received over the years. 

Kit has been incredibly generous with his time over the past 5 years by publicly supporting some of our campaign work, featuring in the media, working alongside colleagues with a learning disability on short films, as well as participating in a high value fundraising campaign where he starred in a spoof video making a cup of tea.

Jane Raca

Jane Raca is a former lawyer who wrote a book called Standing Up for James which was published in 2012.

It is an incredible honest and powerful description of one family's experience of bringing up a severely disabled child and the state's failure to support her family properly in the years following his birth. The book was features in several national papers.

Jane started supporting Mencap's work following publication, speaking out at events, writing blogs and supporting parliamentary campaigns about providing appropriate timely support for people with a learning disability and their families.

Jane was awarded an MBE for this work in 2018. She is also a trustee of the Seashell Trust for disabled children.

Find Jane on Twitter: @janeraca

Ayshah Tull

Ayshah is a reporter for Channel 4 News. She works on their Facebook Watch show Uncovered, having previously presented BBC Newsround, being a familiar face to 6 to 12 year olds.

She is incredibly determined about creating change for people with a learning disability and Autism, and raising awareness of the challenges they and their families face.

Ayshah grew up alongside her brother, Rob, who has Autism, which has led to her using her voice for a number of important issues, in order to raise much needed awareness, including the right to vote.

Ayshah became an ambassador for Mencap in 2019.

Find Ayshah on Twitter: @AyshahTull

We have plenty more wonderful ambassadors to share with you, so keep your eyes peeled on this page for more updates coming very soon!

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