Local charity Active Oxfordshire is promoting the ‘Mayathon’ challenge, which encourages people to take on 26 minutes of activity every day throughout May, ending with a ‘Finish Line Finale’ on 26th May at 2pm. Sponsorship funds are being raised towards OCF’s Community Resilience Fund.

Mayathon allows you to download an app with lots of advice, tips and resources, and you can take on the challenge with a buddy to help stay motivated. Active Oxfordshire has already seen a great response from the Oxfordshire public, with people finding creative, fun and easy ways to stay active during lockdown. As the challenge comes to an end next week, Active Oxfordshire is asking as many people as possible from across our community do their 26 minutes of activity at the same time on Tuesday 26th May at 2pm.

Active Oxfordshire has partnered with OCF to promote the Community Resilience Fund, which is providing invaluable grants to support front-line charities across Oxfordshire tackling homelessness, food poverty, isolation and mental health issues as a result of COVID-19. Anyone who takes part in the Mayathon Challenge or the Finish Line Finale on 26th May can ask for sponsorship or donate to the Resilience Fund.

Active Oxfordshire’s Chief Executive Paul Brivio said: “We are facing the most challenging times as a community, and staying active, healthy and connected has never been more important. By taking part in the Mayathon challenge, you can boost your physical and mental wellbeing and raise vital funds to help people in the greatest need across Oxfordshire at the same time. Whether you spend your 26 minutes skipping, dancing, hoovering, gardening, taking on chair yoga or online workouts, we’d love to see as many people as possible across our community getting active together next Tuesday 26th May.”

Jayne Woodley, OCF CEO, added: “We are delighted that Active Oxfordshire is encouraging everyone to support our Community Resilience Fund. Together, we share the aim of connecting our community. Every extra £1 raised will make a difference as we are able to pool resources. Now more than ever is the time to improve our wellbeing, spread messages of optimism and get ready to recover stronger.”

Find out more about the Mayathon challenge