Chai Cancer Care has raised over £10,000 through the 2.6 Challenge, a campaign urging participants to complete an activity at home inspired by the numbers 2.6 or 26.
The challenge, which began on 26 April, sought to raise funds for charity to compensate for the cancellation of various events during the pandemic, including the London Marathon.
Among those taking part were Chai Cancer Care service users Alissa and Richard Freeman, who raised £2,435 after completing 26 repetitions of various exercises, including deadlifts, press ups and burpees.
Just eight months ago, Richard was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia just a week before the birth of his son Jacob, and the family has been receiving support from Chai Cancer Care.
“They provided incredible help through physiotherapy to help Richard manage his side effects, as well as offers to provide support for our entire family, and have been in touch to check in since the covid-19 measures began,” they said.
Meanwhile, Barbara Marks, 89, who has been walking 2.6 miles every day, enlisted her whole family to take part.
“I had so much fun. In these difficult times the 2.6 challenge lifted my morale. Although myself and my family never got to see each other, we all connected to support everything that Chai does to support those who need it,” she said.
Together, the family’s 13 members have baked 26 cakes, cycled 18 km, walked 2.6 miles and completed 26 minutes of exercise.