A pair of leopard skin ankle boots and a pair of bright yellow ankle boots have been decorated with beads and stick on flowers ready for Reading Mencap's Walk a Mile in Our Shoes events

Reading Mencap’s Wacky Walk Celebrates Learning Disability Week

More than 100 local children and adults with learning disabilities will be putting on their fanciest footwear and joining in with a celebration on Wednesday 19 June in Reading to mark Learning Disability Week.

Reading Mencap is taking over Reading’s Forbury Gardens for a sponsored walk with a difference and has invited the whole community to get involved in the wackiest way possible!

Children and adults with learning disabilities, their families, carers, teachers and supporters will be wearing their brightest and most colourful shoes with the aim of making everyone smile while they walk a mile around the gardens.

Sir John Madejski will officially kick off the walk at noon, with volunteers from Grant Thornton lending a helping hand

Kate Stonehouse, Reading Mencap’s corporate engagement officer, said the event was a first for Reading and was about raising awareness of learning disability.

She said: “We’re calling upon people to dust off their neon socks, dig out their polka-dotted boots or craft a pair of sparkly slippers and come and join us for a lunchtime walk in the park.

“People with learning disabilities are among the most marginalised in society and we want to bring the Reading community together to ensure local people with learning disabilities are seen, heard and celebrated!

“For some, walking a mile is a challenge but we hope this will be a walk to remember.”

People can sign up for the walk at https://forms.office.com/e/2xKpJpWha9