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Manchester Marathon runners to the rescue – funding for Trafford projects brought forward

The donations of runners at Manchester Marathon and Half Marathon will support three community initiatives

Runners at Manchester Marathon are the driving force behind last week's £42,000 award by the Trafford Active Fund to three organisations to support the work they are doing in Greater Manchester.

The three individual awards of £14,000  have been brought forward due to the urgent need to support community focused organisations impacted by the pandemic. Applications are now open for funding for community initiatives in Greater Manchester with a focus in Trafford.

Every runner who signs up to Manchester Marathon or Manchester Half contributes to the Trafford Active Fund, with Human Race giving £1 of each entry fee directly to the scheme. Both events have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, meaning more money than ever is available to support sporting schemes in Greater Manchester. After an enforced hiatus in 2020, the Manchester Marathon returns on Sunday 10th October with a record 30,000 set to take part.

Trafford Council's Andrew Western, Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, UA92's Marnie Millard, Booth's Nigel Murray and Human Race's Nick Rusling will be making the awards to organisations implementing the most valuable projects to encourage exercise, activity, sport and movement in the Trafford and Greater Manchester community.

Previously the Trafford Active Fund has awarded sums to individuals in the local area to allow them to pursue their sporting dreams that might otherwise not have been possible, including buying specialist equipment and covering travel costs. The new £42,000 funds will benefit local people, via the invaluable work of charities, voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors during this challenging period.

Human Race boss Nick Rusling old runABC North: “We know that many local organisations have struggled during the pandemic, with many suffering a huge drop in donations and funding. This latest initiative from the Trafford Active Fund will ensure some of the fantastic work being done in Greater Manchester can continue at this tough time for us all. Thank you to all our runners, many of whom have decided to personally donate more, as it’s down to them that we can award this record amount in early 2021.”

Organisations interested in receiving awards can apply through the official Manchester Marathon website until Monday 15 February 2021. Full details of eligibility and the online form to apply there.

Image courtesy Manchester Marathon

 

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