London Marathon fundraising set to break £1bn mark

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by Mark Johnson

The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon expects to see the amount of money raised from the event to top £1 billion at this year’s race on 28 April.

The charity race, which is sponsored by Virgin Money, has raised £955m since its inception in 1981. Last year’s events saw £63.7m raised for a host of charities.

Organisers posted a video with the hashtag #ThanksaBillion on YouTube, which features historic footage of the event, plus messages of thanks from various charities and beneficiaries.

“This is a phenomenal achievement and part of what makes the London Marathon unique”, said Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon. 

“No other mass participation event comes anywhere near this kind of fundraising. We would like to thank every runner, supporter, donator, charity, volunteer, sponsor, spectator, staff member and everyone else who has contributed to this wonderful total.”

Thousands of charities fundraise through the event and for many charities, Race Day is the biggest fundraising day of the year. Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK are the race’s official charities in 2019.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan called the milestone “an astonishing achievement”, adding “my congratulations go to everyone involved in making the London Marathon such a world-renowned fundraising success – helping millions of people over the last 38 years.”

Nina Ziaullah, Campaign Manager for the Dementia Revolution, said: “It’s an honour for Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK to be the chosen charity for the London Marathon in such a landmark year. Dementia is the biggest health threat facing society with almost a million people living with the condition in the UK. 

Previous official charity for the London Marathon, Cancer Research UK, holds the record for the highest amount raised by a charity in a single year with £3.6million raised in 2016, as Charity of the Year.