When this year’s London Marathon finally took place earlier this month, the slimmed-down field spelled bad news for charities.
For 13 years, the annual event had been the largest single-day fundraiser in the calendar, with 2019 bringing in £66.4m for a variety of good causes.
This year, with just elite runners on the course, and others forced to take part in a virtual version, the figure slumped to £16.1m.
It’s an illustration of the huge difficulties faced by charities, one in 10 of which are expected to face bankruptcy by the end of the year as they struggle to deal with a drop in donations.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) says that the number of people giving cash, usually the most popular choice, has dropped during the pandemic.
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