The learning disability charity Mencap has been named as the official charity of the year for next year’s London Marathon.
Mencap hopes the partnership will raise more than £1.5m and enable it to transform people’s attitudes to learning disability.
The charity will receive 250 guaranteed places in the race next year as a result of the partnership, plus 50 in 2021, 25 in 2022 and 10 in 2023.
Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, said the charity was "absolutely delighted" to be chosen. "We're going to use this amazing high-profile opportunity to make real change for people with learning disabilities by challenging stigma and changing attitudes," said Tregelles.
"The marathon partnership is a great platform for visibility of people with learning disabilities and to bring people with and without them together through running and sport."
The money raised will fund a new sport inclusion project for young people called All Move, which will bring together young people with and without learning disabilities.
All Move will be delivered to 1,200 young people, aged 11 to 16, in schools in England and Wales over the next year.
Participants will take part in 26 hours of team-based physical activities and learn new skills.
Mencap has teamed up with another learning disability charity, Enable Scotland, which will deliver a similar project in Scotland, where Mencap does not operate.
Hugh Brasher, event director for the marathon, said: "We are proud to be working with Mencap as our charity of the year and to support Mencap’s campaign to kick-start a movement of change.
"We passionately believe in sport for all and greater inclusion for people with learning disabilities."
Recent London marathon charities of the year
- 2019 The Dementia Revolution (Alzheimer's Society & Alzheimer's Research UK)
- 2018 Teenage Cancer Trust
- 2017 The Royal Foundation's Heads Together campaign
- 2016 NSPCC
- 2015 Cancer Research UK
- 2014 Anthony Nolan
- 2013 YouthNet and Age UK
- 2012 Team PB (Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer Care)
- 2011 Oxfam
- 2010 Clic Sargent