The London Marathon Charitable Trust announces more than £900,000 in new grants

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has today announced new grants totalling £918,085 for projects in London, Surrey and South Northamptonshire, taking the total amount of money awarded in The Trust’s history to more than £77 million.

Grants awarded include £150,000 to the Bede House Association, a local charity supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Southwark. This grant will help secure the long-term lease of its inner city community centre.  

Nick Dunne, Director of Bede House, said: “This grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust is a huge step towards our ambition to buy a 125 year lease on the New Bede Centre and will ensure that Bede’s services for adults with learning disabilities will assist future generations. We can continue to offer a range of sports and activities to improve our participants’ physical and mental wellbeing and encourage them to be more active and play their part in the community.”

The London Borough of Hounslow has been awarded a grant of £130,085 towards the renovation of two dilapidated recreation spaces on the Ivybridge estate. The project will build sports facilities for young people to enjoy climbing, athletics, table tennis, street snooker and more. A portion of this grant will fund accessible facilities in partnership with Groundwork, the Bridge Link Centre, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and Our Parks.

Councillor Lilly Bath said: “On behalf of Hounslow Council, I wish to thank The London Marathon Charitable Trust for generously awarding the grant for improvements to the play areas on the Ivybridge estate. The grant will support the council’s twin ambitions of ensuring that the estate is enhanced and the local population encouraged to be more active as part of the council’s obesity agenda.”

A grant of £85,000 has been awarded to Polka Children’s Theatre in Wimbledon towards a new accessible outdoor play area and improvements to the theatre’s indoor studio and play spaces.

Amanda Cropper, Capital Campaign Director, said: “Polka is very grateful to The London Marathon Charitable Trust for investing so generously in our children’s theatre redevelopment. It's a huge endorsement of the value of play in keeping children active. Our revamped, accessible spaces will enable new features including outside storytelling sessions, messy play and play inspired by nature as well as enabling increased numbers of classes and community groups to use Polka in the evenings.”

The full breakdown of grants is as follows:

London Boroughs/Southwark Bede House Association Towards the purchase of a 125 year lease for the new Bede Centre in Bermondsey which will help to secure the future of Bede House Association, a local charity supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the area and providing accessible opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity. £150,000
Surrey/Guildford Guildford County School Towards the creation of a new fully accessible community sports hub at Guildford County School including a sports hall, dance and fitness studios and changing rooms, which will enable local clubs and groups to deliver activities that will attract new participants to sport and physical activity. £150,000
London Boroughs/Bexley The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Lamorbey, The Holy Redeemer Towards the creation of a Community Wellbeing Centre at The Holy Redeemer Church that will open up a church building for wider community use, providing indoor and outdoor spaces where people of all ages and abilities can be physically active. £150,000
London Boroughs/Hounslow London Borough of Hounslow Towards the renovation of two dilapidated recreation spaces on Ivybridge estate, creating multi-use spaces that can support a range of sports and adding facilities for climbing, athletics, table tennis and street snooker, and providing new physical activity opportunities with a particular focus on children and young people. £130,085
London Boroughs/Barnet London Borough of Barnet Towards improvements to outdoor facilities for sport, physical activity and play as part of the regeneration of Silkstream Valley Parks and Montrose Playing Fields, supporting local schools, clubs and community groups to deliver sports and physical activities particularly targeted at inactive adults through established volunteer networks. £113,000
London Boroughs/Richmond Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust Towards changing facility improvements at Grey Court School Community Sports Centre, allowing a range of community partners to deliver exciting and engaging activities and ensuring the community offer at the site is high quality and sustainable. £100,000
London Boroughs/Merton Polka Children's Theatre Limited Towards the creation of a new outdoor play area at Polka Children's Theatre in Wimbledon, providing opportunities for messy play, outdoor learning and physical activity for children. Indoor facilities at the site will also be improved with provision made for indoor play as well as learning and studio space, enhancing opportunities for those visiting the theatre. £85,000
Surrey Effingham Village Recreation Trust Towards the development of a 3G Artificial Grass Pitch at King George V Playing Fields that will support grass roots football and rugby clubs and other community partners enabling them to develop and deliver a range of activities for people of all ages, including sessions that will specifically target inactive people. £20,000
London Boroughs/Newham Care in Mind Towards improvements to Care in Mind's office and studio space, providing a welcoming and comfortable environment that widens access to sport and physical activity programmes for people with mental health issues and supports Care in Mind's work to engage more people with mental health problems in a range of positive activities leading to employment opportunities. £10,000
South Northamptonshire Peterborough Diocese Education Trust Towards the provision of an all-weather running track at Greens Norton CE Primary School for use by the school and wider community, offering a range of sessions that encourage and enable people of all ages to take part in more sport and physical activity. £10,000