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The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events.
The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019.
 
Thankfully the organisers have come up with a great way to help many UK charities. All you need to do is dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 that suits your skills and complete it any time after Sunday April 26 – when the 40th London Marathon would have taken place.
This could be something as simple as pledging to run or ride 2.6 miles as your daily exercise, holding the plank for 2.6 minutes, to gardening for 26 minutes.
 
To fundraise for Age UK Essex select us as your chosen charity when you follow the links to ‘get involved’ and ‘fundraise’.
 
There are four easy steps to set up a fundraising page:‚Äč
  • Dream up your 2.6 Challenge
  • Find Age UK Essex on Virgin Money Giving by clicking the relevant button on www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/getinvolved to set up your fundraising page
  • Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you
  • Complete your 2.6 challenge!

Don't forget to post any photos of your challenge on Twitter for us to see @AgeUKEssex using #TwoPointSixChallenge

Here are just a taster of what Age UK Essex staff and their families have been challenging themselves with.