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Sonya's 2.6 Challenge: Curry for M.E.

April 23, 2020

Like so many other charities, Action for M.E. relies on our brilliant fundraisers taking part in fundraising events to support our vital work.

The cancellation of these events due to the Covid-19 pandemic is potentially disastrous – which is why our fundraisers are taking part in the 2.6 Challenge.

Launching on Sunday, the date of now-postponed London Marathon, this nationwide fundraising campaign aims to help save UK charities, including Action for M.E.

Can you come up with your own 2.6 Challenge fundraiser based on the numbers 2.6, 26, 260,or 2,600...?

Here at Action for M.E., our Chief Executive Sonya Chowdhury will be walking 2.6 miles to deliver (with social distancing) more than 140 homemade curries to neighbours, in return for donations, as part of her own Curry for M.E. fundraiser - which, thanks to a generous match-funder, will see any donation doubled. She explains:

"Curry for M.E. is raising money as part of the 2.6 Challenge in honour of my father, Wahid Chowdhury, who died 18 years ago. I am aiming to raise at least £26,000 and your donation will spur me on to cook 142 curries and walk 2.6 miles to deliver them (as my daily exercise) to people in my community on Tuesday 28 April, all of whom are donating to help achieve my 2.6 challenge!"

Sonya will cover the cost of the ingredients, so every penny will go directly to our new Crisis, Support & Advocacy Service, providing urgent support for people with M.E. whose lives have been made even harder as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I wanted to combine my Bangladeshi roots and my passion for cooking with raising money for Action for M.E.’s much-needed service, and so came up with the idea of delivering home-cooked curries during my daily exercise. After suggesting this to neighbours, I was inundated with requests, offering donations in return"

Visit our 2.6 Challenge page for more ideas and simple steps to set up your own fundraising page. Every penny will help us reach people with M.E., who need support more than ever. Thank you.