Join The 2.6 Challenge to help to save the UK’s charities

We very much hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has brought real challenges to people with young onset dementia and their family members and here at YoungDementia UK we are doing everything we can to help.

We’d like to invite you, your family and friends to join us and take part in The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April to help to save the UK’s charities. 

As you may know, the pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income.  And we are no exception.

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 2020 – 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 consider taking part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support YoungDementai UK via  To fundraise for us please select Virgin Money Giving.

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 – if you need help there are lots of ideas here

2. Head to to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to YoungDementia UK 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 and #YoungDementiaUK

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 do hope you’ll decide to join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge and support YoungDementia UK.  And we hope that you’ll have some fun along the way!

Best wishes

Trusts and Fundraising Development Manager

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