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Posted: 17th April 2020

Take part in The 2.6 Challenge for York Mind

There has been a lot on the news in the last couple of days about how this pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income.

But luckily, it looks like there might be hope on the horizon, in the form of a national campaign from the organizers of the London Marathon.

At York Mind, we are predicting that we are going to suffer a loss of fundraising of around £50,000 over the next 12 weeks, so this couldn’t come at a better time.

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The 2.6 Challenge

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

We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support York Mind via

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.

We’d really love it if you could help us by getting involved in the 2.6 Challenge. Usain Bolt and Rio Ferdinand will be supporting the national campaign, so you’ll be in good company!


There are 3 easy ways to get involved:

  1. Take on your own 2.6 Challenge idea on Sunday 26th April (get started here). Your idea can be almost anything, and you can do it alone, with those you live with or virtually with friends!
  2. Make a one-off donation of any size, if you are able to (do that here)
  3. Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (we will be posting from Saturday 18th onwards) using #twopointsixchallenge #yorkmind

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 York Mind and help to save the UK’s charities.

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