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The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded a total of £112,500 to inspire physical activity across South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale, with more than half being distributed across the Buckinghamshire district.

Facilitated and managed by Northamptonshire Community Foundation working in partnership with Heart of Bucks, Northamptonshire Sport, LEAP and other local partners, the fund awards grants to projects that deliver the greatest possible impact for children, young people and those who are less likely to be active.

Mahuya Kanjilal, Community Development Advisor at Heart of Bucks, said:

The London Marathon Trust Fund was an excellent opportunity for us to work with Northamptonshire Community Foundation. Each Community Foundation across the UK works within their own geographical boundary so it was great to be able to share our knowledge and expertise on Aylesbury Vale and support groups from this area to access funding. Credit goes to the team at Northampton for their clear communication and support. We look forward to working with them again in the future.

Funding has been awarded to a range of projects, including exercise therapy for people with multiple sclerosis, tennis for people with disabilities, the development of a girls football team, gardening sessions for disadvantaged people and a sport street outreach programme to encourage young people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Victoria Miles, CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said:

Working in partnership with the London Marathon Charitable Trust to distribute their funds to much needed sports projects in South Northants and Aylesbury Vale has been truly successful and has once again demonstrated a Community Foundation’s ability to reach the communities it knows well and serves. We are delighted to be working with them on this grant funding programme.

Applications for the next round of funding for the London Marathon Charitable Trust Fund will re-open in 2020.