London Marathon Charitable Trust launches #LMCT40 campaign to celebrate 40th anniversary
The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) today [Thursday 11 March] launches its #LMCT40 campaign – a year of celebrations and initiatives to mark the 40th anniversary of the charity and four decades of inspiring activity.
The Trust was created by London Marathon co-founders John Disley and Chris Brasher on 13 March 1981 to distribute the surplus generated by the event to fund sport and recreation projects in London. The very first London Marathon was held on Sunday 29 March 1981 and later that year the first seven grants from The Trust were awarded, including £1,500 to the Ferndale Sports Centre in Brixton.
Forty years on, The Trust has expanded its remit to fund projects across the UK and London Marathon Events (LME) now delivers a number of world class mass participation events in running, cycling and swimming every year in addition to the London Marathon. The surplus generated by LME, which is passed to The Trust through corporate Gift Aid, means that a total of more than £93 million has now been awarded to over 1,470 projects across the UK, enabling people of all ages and abilities to become and remain physically active and challenging inequality of access to physical activity.
Since 1981, The Trust has:
- Funded more than 55 different types of sports and activities
- Awarded funding to every one of the 32 London boroughs
- Awarded more than £11.4million to 19 strategic partners since 2018 to Inspire Activity across the UK
- Awarded more than £7million to projects which have helped preserve the Olympic Legacy such as the London Marathon Community Track and Lee Valley Velo Park, both in the Olympic Park
- Awarded £3.8million to more than 200 play projects – play is often the first step into physical activity for many children, and The Trust is one of the few organisations to fund play facilities
- Provided funding that has protected 46 playing fields (equal to 335 hectares) in perpetuity across the UK