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Oxford United in the Community joins the 2.6 challenge

Marathon effort required

26 April 2020

Oxford United’s charity is appealing to the public and local businesses for help as a fundraising challenge launches across the nation.

Oxford United in the Community is taking part in a lockdown-friendly event which aims to help replace some of the fundraising which has been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019 and for us is worth thousands of pounds.

Oxford United in the Community Trustee Stuart Bradney was due to run the The Virgin Money London Marathon on our behalf. As the Virgin Money London Marathon cannot take place as planned, its organisers have created the 2.6 challenge, which is easy for anyone to join in and make a difference, especially for smaller charities. This means we can all now play our part to support United’s charity by raising funds to help Oxford United in the Community to keep delivering.

All supporters need to do is dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 which suits your skills and donate or fundraise for Oxford United in the Community today when the marathon was due to take place.

Examples include running 2.6 (or 26!) miles, walking 26 laps around your garden, or even listening to 26 podcasts!

Chris Lowes, Head of Oxford United in the Community said: “This is a great initiative that demonstrates the groundswell of goodwill that exists for charities. We are no different to most charities in that we require donations to exist and help others.

“We hope our supporters can join us for the 2.6 challenge. It is a fun way of helping to save UK

charities and protect the future of Oxford United in the Community, so please do join in!”

For more information or to get involved with the challenge please visit:

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