British Heart Foundation is charity of the year for 2022 TCS London Marathon

Howard Lake | 6 October 2021 | News

Helen, a BHF London Marathon runner in 2021, raises her arms in salute.
Helen, running the 2021 London Marathon for BHF.

The charity of the year for the 2022 TCS London Marathon is the British Heart Foundation. It aims to raise £3 million from the partnership “to fund life saving science to help heal hearts across the UK”. 

Runners in The London Marathon have raised over a billion pounds for charities since it was founded in 1981.  It holds the record for the largest amount raised for charity in a single day event.

Next year’s London Marathon will be the first to be sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services, following Virgin Money’s sponsorship of the event since 2010.

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It will be held on Sunday 2 October 2022.

The public ballot is now open and closes at 21:00 on Friday 8 October. Runners can also sign up to be be part of Team BHF with one of the charity’s places.

BHF supporters at Tower Bridge in the 2021 London Marathon
BHF supporters at Tower Bridge in the 2021 London Marathon

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, said: 

We’re thrilled to be the 2022 TCS London Marathon Charity of the Year. The money raised will turbo charge pioneering research into regenerative medicine and give hope to hundreds of thousands of people living with incurable heart failure right now.

“Today we’re urging people to join Team BHF by taking on the once-in-a-lifetime challenge of the iconic London Marathon. Every single step our runners take will help power life saving science with the potential to heal damaged hearts. The race really is on, and you could be part of it.”

The London Marathon has raised over a billion pounds for charities since it was founded in 1981.  

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the TCS London Marathon, added: 

We are delighted to welcome the British Heart Foundation as the Charity of the Year for the 2022 TCS London Marathon and look forward to working with them to support participants to raise as much money as possible on Sunday 2 October 2022 to help fund this crucial research into finding a cure for heart failure.”  

The focus for fundraising in the partnership is on regenerative medicine.

BHF Professor Paul Riley, Professor of Regenerative Medicine at the BHF Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Oxford, said:

“Heart failure is a debilitating condition, dramatically changing the lives of those affected. BHF-funded research has helped create treatments to give people with heart failure longer, healthier lives, but there is no cure. Regenerative medicine offers that hope.

“The money raised will enable researchers to push the boundaries of medicine by regenerating heart muscle and growing new blood vessels in the lab. Unlocking these secrets could help heal hearts and transform the prognosis for people living with debilitating heart failure.”  

Apply to be the TCS London Marathon charity of the year for 2023

Applications are open for the next charity of the year partnership for the TCS London Marathon.

London Marathon Events state:

“LME is looking to appoint a charity, or partnership of charities, that is looking to fund an innovative project (or projects) that will create a lasting impact for its beneficiaries. We’re interested in projects that will be financially sustainable and deliver long-term benefits to the organisation.

“Any UK-registered charity of any size is welcome to apply; however we do ask that you consider the work required to maximise this opportunity for your organisation before applying.”

The selected charity will benefit from, amongst other support:

The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 16 April 2021.

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