Publishing group Hachette UK has teamed with Mencap to help reduce the everyday stigma and misunderstanding people with a learning disability face.

The partnership forms a key part of Hachette's Accessibility Network’s outreach agenda for this year, and its aim is to increase awareness of learning disability within the company and host at least five fundraiser activities, encouraging network members and other Hachette UK employees to engage with the work that Mencap does.

The five fundraiser activities planned include a virtual cocktail class and cook-along in June with Hachette UK authors, Dan Whiteside and Sam Gates, which will be ticketed. All funds raised will go directly to Mencap. Members of the network have also committed to taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October this year.

Amy Clarke, who has a learning disability and is Digital Assistant at Mencap, said: “As someone who enjoys reading, I am excited about this new partnership with Hachette UK. Not a lot of people know what a learning disability is, so it is great that this partnership will help to raise awareness.

“The money Hachette UK raises from the fundraisers will go a long way. It will change the lives of people with a learning disability and make the UK the best place to live if you have a learning disability.”