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Rory's visit delights Mencap Centre kids

By Cate McCurry

Rory McIlroy has paid a visit to the new Mencap facility in Belfast, meeting some of the families the charity helps.

It was the Co Down sport star's first visit to the building in the south of the city.

The advanced facility opened after a donation of £500,000 from The Rory Foundation.

Officially launched in March, the purpose-built centre, which now serves as a model for the organisation's early intervention services across the UK and Ireland, was partially funded by the Big Step Forward Appeal, which was the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the learning disability charity's history.

At the heart of the Mencap Centre is its children's facility, a nursery for two to four-year-olds with a learning disability, autism or developmental delay.

As part of his visit, Rory met a number of families helped by the charity and gave a few tips to a couple of fans as they tried out golf clubs.

Mencap Northern Ireland director Margaret Kelly said: "It was so exciting to show Rory around the centre today, and I know all of the children and families in attendance loved meeting him."

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