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Take part in The 2.6 Challenge for Albion in the Community

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This Sunday should have seen thousands of people raise money for charity by completing the London Marathon, the world’s largest one-day annual fundraising event.

However, with major sporting and fundraising events across the UK cancelled or postponed as part of lockdown precautions, the country’s charity sector faces losing out on vital fundraising income and donations.

Here in Sussex, Albion in the Community is continuing to provide support to many of the 43,000 people it helps each year but has had to cancel all the fundraising events it had planned for this spring and summer. More than 50 runners were also set to raise money for the charity by taking part in either the Brighton Marathon or the BM10K scheduled for earlier this month but now postponed until September.

In response to the impact the Covid-19 crisis is having on charities, the organisers of some of the country’s biggest mass-participation sports events have come together to create a new campaign to help raise funds: The 2.6 Challenge.

The 2.6 Challenge launches on Sunday and organisers are asking people to take part in an activity of their choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26, donate to their favourite charity and collect sponsorship from friends and family.

Some suggestions of activities include a 2.6-mile walk, a 26-minute run, or having an online catch-up with friends and each donating £2.60 you would have spent on a coffee. The only requirement is people must follow government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

Mark Barkaway heads up fundraising for Albion in the Community. He said, “People all over the country have been showing so much love for all the fantastic charities helping support people during this current crisis and The 2.6 Challenge is another great way to do so.

“It is also a brilliant way to do something together as a family, connect with friends online, and encourages people to get active while at home.

“We’d love people to take on a challenge for Albion in the Community or any of the other charities which mean so much to people.”

For more information, to register your challenge, or to donate to one of your favourite charities, visit: www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk.

If you do take on The 2.6 Challenge remember to share a photo or video on Twitter, tag in @AlbionintheComm and use the hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge.