Published 22 February 2011

Prince Harry is delighted to announce that he is to become Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust from 2012.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust was set up in 1981 to provide for recreation facilities in London. During the last 30 years, it has allocated grants equal to more than £40.5million to projects in areas of the country where the London Marathon stages events. This year alone, the Trust has allocated grants worth more than £5million, including £500,000 given to Hackney Council for a redevelopment scheme at Hackney Marshes.