Donations to the Marathon Fund

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We are grateful for the generous donations of Bath Half entrants for funding the work of the Bath Half Marathon Fund

The relative affluence of Bath conceals pockets of severe deprivation & rural isolation, comparable with some of the most deprived areas in the UK. The invaluable work of smaller charities and voluntary groups in addressing these issues often goes unrecognised by visitors & local residents

The Bath Half Marathon Fund was established in 2003 to distribute grants to smaller local charities & voluntary groups within Bath & North East Somerset lacking resources to market their own golden bond places under our official race charity scheme, to ensure benefit to the local community which suffers the inconvenience caused by the event, using funds generated from optional donations generously made by runners at point of entry to each year's race. The simple expediant of adding a box for optional donations on our entry forms has touched runners' imaginations & generated significant funds for local good causes

Runners' donations are distributed via the Quartet Community Foundation through grants of up to £2,000 for sports, active lifestyle and play-based projects targeting disadvantage or rural isolation in the Bath and North East Somerset area. As a registered charity, Quartet are able to reclaim tax on runners' donations made with the benefit of gift aid declarations

Community Foundations are a national network of autonomous charities channelling funds from businesses into each local authority area. Quartet manages & distributes funds from a number of private & public businesses & also distributes funds on behalf national fundraisers, such as the National Lottery & Sport Relief. In addition they also provide valuable support on funding sources & financial management for smaller local charities

For further information about Quartet Community Foundation - Click here to visit Quartet’s website

In the last 8 years, thanks to the generosity of half marathon entrants, over £100,000 has been distributed by the Bath Half Marathon Fund to over 100 different local charities & voluntary groups within Bath & North East Somerset

Since 2007 surplus donations have been invested in an endowment fund, again under Quartet's management, which since 2008 Quartet have been able to match with 50% funding from central government under the Grassroots scheme. The endowment fund is designed to increase runners' donations using the Grassroots scheme & to provide a permenant source of future revenue grants, allowing future runners donations to be used for other funding purposes

In the last 3 years a further sum of £150,000 has been invested in the Bath Half Marathon Endowment Fund

'We see the Bath Half Marathon Fund as a way to invest directly in local communities and help groups who are too small to benefit as official race charities. It’s also a great opportunity for race participants to give directly to projects for local residents, as a thank you for their support for this annual event. Every year I’m amazed to see what a difference relatively small amounts of money can make to local organisations and projects targeting deprivation & rural isolation' Mel Taylor - Charity Director