The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced new grants totalling more than £1 million for projects in London, Surrey and South Northamptonshire, taking the total amount of money awarded in The Trust’s history to more than £68 million.
The largest grant awarded was £165,000 to Jubilee Hall Trust towards remodelling and refurbishing Jubilee Hall Gym, which will support growth in female membership and participation, allow more targeted work with older people, engage and support local people from lower socio-economic groups to access the facilities, and allow the charity to re-establish a GP referral scheme at the site.
Phil Rumbelow, the charity’s Chief Executive, said:
‘Covent Garden’s Jubilee Hall was originally built by the Duke of Bedford in 1897 to house flowers, and was then saved from developers by a group of local activists in the 1970’s, and first opened its doors as a community sports centre in January 1978. This year, the charity celebrates its 40th anniversary, and we aim to restore the Jubilee Hall gym to its rightful place as a thriving and iconic central London community asset, which enables more people to get more active, more often.
‘This very generous grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust will ensure that we can maximise our Grade II listed building’s attributes, to provide a unique workout space for our most disadvantaged local residents, and help address the health inequalities that exist in this part of our capital city.’