Mid and North East Essex Mind are offering a new telephone service to all our local NHS Staff who are experiencing their own challenges both mentally and physically whilst caring for Covid-19 patients.

They are our heroes, now you can be a hero by taking part in The 2.6 Challenge, a national challenge to get the nation active and inspired to support their chosen charities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income. 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.

How do I get involved?

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 Mid and North East Essex Mind.

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!

Check out this guide for more ideas and inspiration.

And don’t worry if you’re not able to get out of your house or flat for now. We’re not looking for superheroes – we’re looking for Home Heroes!

There are no rules (apart from the Government guidelines on social distancing and how to exercise safely during this time). Whatever you can do, you can be a part of it – the main thing is to get active, have fun and donate whatever you can to our charity.

The money raised from this challenge will go directly to our new dedicated NHS support service – helping NHS and hospice workers with their mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic.

How do I sign up?

You can start fundraising by setting up a special 2.6 Challenge Just Giving page here. Search for ‘Mid and North East Essex Mind’ in the charity search box and create your page. Start your challenge and get sharing your fundraising page with your friends and family.

Help inspire others by sharing photos or videos of your challenge on social media using the official hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge.

How do I donate?

You can donate via the Two Point Six Challenge Just Giving page – just type in ‘Mid and North East Essex Mind’ in the search box.

Thank you so much for your support – you are a true Home Hero!