Our High-Profile Supporters

Meet our High-Profile Supporters and why they’ve chosen to support Mencap.

Our patron, HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh

HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh has been patron of Mencap since 2002 and is committed to supporting people with a learning disability .

The Duchess is a much-valued patron of the charity and over recent years has publicly supported Mencap in a number of ways, including a visit to a children’s centre in Belfast in 2018 and supporting the charity when it was the official partner of the Virtual London Marathon in 2020.

The Duchess ran the first 1.5 miles of the marathon with a member of the Mencap running squad, to represent and raise awareness

HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh

Emily Burnett

Emily Burnett is a BAFTA award winning actor and writer, best known for her role as Charlie Morris in CBBC’s The Dumping Ground, and Olivia Bradshaw in C4’s Hollyoaks. Emily has a personal connection to Mencap through her Auntie Teresa who has multiple learning disabilities.

Teresa has been supported by Mencap throughout her life, and is very proud that Emily is now in a position to campaign for awareness so that more people with a learning disability can get the opportunities and support that she has had.

Emily Burnett

Kit Harington

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

He has a personal connection to Mencap through his cousin, Laurent (pictured with Kit), who has Down syndrome

Laurent attended one of Mencap's former colleges and his mother (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 by publicly supporting our campaign work, featuring in the media, working alongside colleagues with a learning disability on short films and participating in a high value fundraising campaign.

Kit Harington stood with his arm around his cousin, Laurent, who is holding a green book

The Edge

Guitarist with U2, The Edge, has been a Mencap Ambassador since 2008 and has been actively involved in helping to raise awareness and support the organisation ’s important work to improve the lives of people with a learning disability.

“Not many people know what a learning disability is, or the challenges people with a learning disability face. I’ve seen how much work goes into Mencap and want to continue to see it flourish.”

The Edge’s cousin, Ciara Lawrence (pictured), works as the Big Plan Engagement lead for Mencap.

Photo credit: Eve North

Man, The Edge, sat on step next to woman, Ciara. They are looking at each other and smiling.

Kate Spicer

Kate is a journalist, an author, and a Mencap supporter helping to raise awareness of its work to improve the lives of people with a learning disability.

In 2012 Kate made a film called Mission to Lars with her two brothers, Tom Spicer, who has a learning disability and Fragile X Syndrome and Will Spicer, who is a filmmaker. The film followed Tom’s journey from a sleepy Devon seaside town where he lived in residential care and across America as the siblings tracked his great hero, Lars Ulrich, the drummer and founding member of the legendary metal band, Metallica. The New York Times called the film, “Beautiful”.

The film brought Tom, Kate and Will closer together and showed that family, fun, adversity and shared experiences are what bond us. Tom grew in confidence and his world became much bigger after his adventure.

Katie with her two brothers sitting in a camper van

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