Thursday, 23 April 2020 00:00

Norfolk family joins global Team 26x26

Written by  Philippa Battye
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Norfolk family joins global Team 26x26

AzuKo, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events due to COVID-19. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to save the UK’s charities – The 2.6 Challenge (held on 26thApril).

AzuKo is protecting families living in abject poverty in Bangladesh during this crisis, and reached out to its supporters for help. Hilary Battye, her daughters Philippa and Helena, and niece Liv Barnett answered the call. The Norfolk-based family has joined international ‘Team 26x26’, with 26 members (23 people + 3 dogs) from Hong Kong to Bangladesh, Italy, UK and USA. Together they are walking, running and cycling every day from Sunday 19thApril to reach 26 marathons distance (1097.17km) by Sunday 26thApril.

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Hilary Battye said,“we are so lucky compared to many and anything we can do to raise funds to support those who need our help and also support the wonderful work undertaken by charities such as AzuKo, we will.”

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 Hilary

The Battye family are long term supporters of AzuKo, with architect Philippa Battye volunteering on projects in both UK and Bangladesh to improve living conditions for vulnerable communities.

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   Philippa

The funds they raise will deliver vital hygiene supplies to families in need, train local leaders in good hygiene, share virus prevention information and provide PPE for AzuKo’s frontline staff and volunteers.

Jo Ashbridge, Director of AzuKo said,“This event could really be a lifesaver to so many. Money raised for AzuKo enables us to protect communities in areas where there is no safety net.The outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting people across the globe, but it will undoubtedly hit the most vulnerable in our societies the hardest - those with limited access to healthcare, support and protection.”

Team 26x26 are documenting their gruelling challenge on Facebook:facebook.com/26marathons26april

Donations can be made via Virgin Money Giving:virginmoneygiving.com/Team/26x26

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Last modified on Friday, 24 April 2020 20:39

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