Philanthropist of the month - Sir Steve Redgrave MBE CBE

16 May 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Five times Olympian gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave is one of the greatest athletes to grace sport.

Redgrave has recently set a new milestone in charitable fundraising earning the title of the London Marathon's top celebrity fundraiser. Redgrave raised well over £1.7m for the Steve Redgrave Trust from his participation in the 2006 Flora London Marathon.

JustGiving.com shows Redgrave’s position usurping other marathon stalwarts such as Alastair Campbell in second place - who has raised more than £300,000 for a leukaemia charity, former boxer Michael Watson, former singer Peter Andre and his ex-wife Katie Price. £116 million from celebrities has been raised via JustGiving.com over the past ten years which equates to over one fifth of the £500 million raised by the London Marathon since its start in 1981.

Steve supports charities such as Children with AIDS, Diabetes UK, Make A Child Smile Appeal and Whatever It Takes. Redgrave’s recent efforts have seen him being involved in starting a Rowing academy in Lavasa, India, launching FiveG- a Fairtrade Cotton Brand of Clothing and aiding the build of a new youth and business centre in Lincoln. As well as this, the British Olympic legend’s Steve Redgrave Fund helps supports community groups, small charities and schools in areas of economic deprivation, community cohesion and education.

We salute Sir Steve for his Olympian efforts in charitable fundraising.

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