Jim Carter Joins Special Olympics GB For The First Ever Special Olympics Unified Mile

28th May 2019


Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter joined 420 athletes, family members, volunteers and supporters of Special Olympics Great Britain to take part in the first ever Special Olympics Unified Mile on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

In partnership with London Marathon Events, the Vitality Westminster Mile offered Special Olympics a dedicated wave in the Mile, as part of its commitment to highlighting social inclusion as a key message of the event.

It certainly was a truly unified and inclusive Mile. With Sir Mo Farah running in the family waves, hundreds of people with and without Intellectual Disabilities, from across Great Britain ran, walked, wheeled and skipped their way along the magnificent mile-long course from The Mall to Buckingham Palace.

Some of those who made the biggest commitment to get to London for the Special Olympics Unified Mile included World Games football gold medallist Joe McKenzie who came all the way down from Inverness in Scotland and dedicated Special Olympics volunteer Mary Phelan who flew in from Dublin just to take part in the race.

Jim Carter OBE, best known for his role as Carson in the award-winning TV drama and highly-anticipated film, Downton Abbey, is also an Ambassador for Special Olympics GB. He said: “Special Olympics Great Britain is a wonderful movement helping people with Intellectual Disabilities. It’s a charity very close to my heart and it was an absolute pleasure to be involved. To witness the reaction of the crowds and the faces of everyone taking part at first hand was inspirational and I’m honoured to have been there.”

Michelle Carney, CEO Special Olympics GB said: “Huge thanks to London Marathon Events for giving us this opportunity to be part of this extraordinary day and for all their support in helping to spread the word about our important work. The pride I have for this organisation and our athletes is huge and on a day like today only makes me and the whole SOGB team even more determined to help transform the lives of more people living with an Intellectual Disability.”

Special Olympics GB also featured at the Vitality Wellness Festival in Green Park – where several athletes and coaches from our World Games Team and a group of our Athlete Leaders ran various activities and led demonstrations throughout the day.


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