Survey reveals the most popular causes supported by runners ahead of the London Marathon

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26th April 2019 15:56 - Voluntary

Survey reveals the most popular causes supported by runners ahead of the London Marathon: A survey ahead of the 2019 London Marathon has revealed the favourite causes runners are raising funds for.

The poll questioned 113 runners as part of the Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) Giving Report and found the majority (57%) were seeking to support healthcare charities or causes.

The breakdown is as follows...

Just over a quarter said they had pledged to support and raise funds for medical research charities or organisations, while hospitals and hospices were the chosen cause of 15%.  Also with 15% of respondent support were physical/mental health causes or charities.These healthcare-focused causes were followed by charities for children or young people (14%), homeless people or housing and refugee centres (9%) and support for people with disabilities (8%).

The cause that the fewest number of runners said they were raising funds for was the arts with just 1% confirming support.

The poll also revealed support for sport and recreation (7%); animal welfare (6%); the elderly (6%); education (5%); overseas disasters (3%); religious organisations (3%); and conservation, the environment and heritage (2%).

Five percent selected ‘other’ which includes human rights charities, refugees and benevolent funds, while 6% answered ‘none of the above’. Two percent of respondents said they ‘didn’t know’.  

This year’s London Marathon has paired with Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK as its charity partner with the Dementia Revolution Campaign.



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