The 2.6 Challenge for Age Concern Colchester & NE Essex

We hope you’re well during this unprecedented time. We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April to help to save the UK’s charities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income.

In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help to save the UK’s charities.

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

During these difficult times, our services at Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex are needed even more than ever supporting later years, some of which represent the most vulnerable in the community and every single one of them is precious to us.

-For instance, our ever busy advice service has raised as much as £1.3m in benefit entitlements for those most in need over the last year. 

-Over 100 vulnerable adults are being matched with a pal through the befriending service, now operating over the telephone. 

-We are also looking to extend additional support and introduce new programmes in relation to the Corona Virus outbreak over the coming months which we will let you know about in due course. 

We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or simply donate to support Age Concern Colchester & NE Essex via our dedicated page: Please donate or fundraise

People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless!

The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

There are just five simple steps to take:

1.      Dream up your 2.6 challenge.

2.      Head to to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to Age Concern Colchester & NE Essex or to set up a fundraising page

3.      Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge

4.      Complete your challenge

5.      Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge

For further information on The 2.6 Challenge, including a list of partners and supporters, and for more ideas about what your activity could be, visit

We hope you’ll join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge to support [name of charity] and help to save the UK’s charities.