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Redgrave pays tribute to London Marathon Charitable Trust at opening of Lea Rowing Club Boathouse

Five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave paid tribute to the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) after officially opening Lea Rowing Club’s £1.1million boathouse.

The LMCT contributed £100,000 to the overall project which has seen the East London rowing club double the size of their boathouse.

The new facility includes a boathouse for junior and recreational rowers and will also enable Lea Rowing Club to launch an ‘adaptive rowing’ programme for people with disabilities, one of only four London clubs offering such a service.

Sir Steve Redgrave, who rowed at the Lea regatta during his early years of competing, said: “The London Marathon does some fantastic things and putting in £100,000 to projects like this is amazing and it makes such a difference.

“We watch the London Marathon every year and see all the different people fundraising for various causes, so it’s really nice to see that, as an organisation, it too funds projects around London and other parts of the country where its events are held.

“And it’s fantastic that it is Lea Rowing Club which benefits this time.”

Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer for The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “The Trust was set up alongside the London Marathon to support projects that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle. 

“More than one in four people in England do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.  However, research shows that those who are the least active benefit the most from  participating in physical activity.

“We are pleased to have provided a grant for the new facilities at Lea Rowing Club, a high performing club that is supporting people to get off their couch and to get active.”

The London Marathon Charitable Trust was created in 1981 by Chris Brasher and John Disley, the founders of the London Marathon, to meet one of their founding aims to raise money for sport and recreational facilities. Their vision ensured that the profits from the London Marathon would go to The London Marathon Charitable Trust in perpetuity.

The Trust currently provides grants towards capital projects that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and increase the number of people regularly taking part in sports and physical activities.

The Trust is able to distribute grants in all areas where London Marathon Events Limited organises mass participation events: the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, Surrey, South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale.