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Healthy Stevenage is encouraging residents to take part in the 2.6 Challenge to support charities during the pandemic.

The 2.6 Challenge launches on Sunday 26 April, which is when the London Marathon was due to be held before its cancellation due to Covid-19.

Many local sporting organisations have had to cancel activity, health and sports events due to Covid-19. With the UK charity sector facing huge income losses as a result of the pandemic, Healthy Stevenage is encouraging residents, staff and local organisations to get involved and complete a 2.6 challenge to help raise money.

The 2.6 Challenge is open to residents of any age, the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

Councillor Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “We’re encouraging everyone to get active whilst being able to raise vital funds for charities who are providing hugely valuable and successful sport, health and wellbeing programmes.

“We’re committed to supporting our partners amidst these tough and challenging times and hope the 2.6 Challenge will bring our partners and residents closer together.

“Residents can take part in 2.6 km run, 2.6-minute plank, jumping jacks for 2.6 minutes or join a 2.6 hour Zumba-thon and so much more. Our Healthy Stevenage partners have created a wide variety of resources to ensure online activities remain inclusive, which means everyone can take part.”

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