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Bethnal Green play area receives a £22k boost

Eleanor Image from the Play Association Tower Hamlets (PATH) has secured a £22,325 London Marathon Charitable Trust grant for the refurbishment of East London landlord, Tower Hamlets Community Housing’s (THCH) communal play area at Ada House, Bethnal Green. Eleanor met with THCH’s Bethnal Green residents at one of their regular board meetings where it was agreed to support a bid for refurbishment works and if successful, the resident’s board would add an additional £5,000 from their area budget to supplement the works ~ meaning residents would benefit from over £27,000 of improvement works THCH and PATH will be meeting with local residents in February to discuss ideas and finalise plans with work due to start late spring/early summer. THCH’s Communications & Community Development Manager, Andy Coleborn said “The London Marathon Trust has awarded grants totaling £4.8million to organisations in London and immense credit and thanks must go to Eleanor from PATH for securing funds to improve one of our resident play areas”.

 Eleanor Image from PATH said “I’m looking forward to working with children and adults at Ada House to create a more playful green space for residents of all ages”.

Chair of the Bethnal Green Area Resident Board, Anne Ambrose, said “With a great deal of advice and support provided by Eleanor from PATH, THCH’s Bethnal Green residents have for a second time been successful in obtaining funding from the London Marathon Trust and this time it will enable the play area  at Ada House to be refurbished. To increase the amount of work that can be carried out, members of our resident’s board agreed to allocate £5k from its Minor Improvements budget to the project. We now look forward to working with THCH staff, Eleanor and the residents at Ada House to draw up and deliver the plans”.


THCH – THCH is a Registered Social Landlord and a Registered Charity operating exclusively in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets providing good quality homes for rent and shared ownership.  THCH owns and manage just over 3,000 homes, including 2,000 tenanted properties and over 1,000 leasehold homes.

Play Association Tower Hamlets – Play Association Tower Hamlets works with local people and organisations to make Tower Hamlets a great borough to play in.

London Marathon Charitable Trust – The London Marathon Ltd is wholly owned by the London Marathon Charitable Trust and is responsible for organising the Virgin Money London Marathon, adidas Half Marathon, Bupa London 10000 and the Standard Chartered Great City Race. Its income comes from sponsorship, marketing, advertising, entry fees, TV etc. and after costs 100% of its surplus is handed to The London Marathon Charitable Trust which then awards grants to recreational projects mainly in London. The amount of the surplus handed over to the Charitable Trust in 2014 was £4.5m which is more than any other Marathon makes anywhere in the world. We are proud of the fact that 100% of this surplus goes to charity.In addition runners in the 2014 Marathon raised more than £53 million for charities of their own choice and this money went, as always, directly to those charities.Since the race began £53m has been allocated by the London Marathon Charitable Trust in total to recreational projects and the runners themselves have raised over £663m which has gone directly to charities of their choosing.