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“Last month we had a 360% increase in crisis calls to our Information Line”

Oxfordshire Mind, 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 raise vital funds to help our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, launched on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.

We’re asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by creating a 2.6 Challenge fundraising page or donate to Oxfordshire Mind via twopointsixchallenge.co.uk

There are a host of possibilities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless. If you need any inspiration our dedicated fundraising team will be able to support you every step of the way. Email: fundraising@oxfordshiremind.org.uk or phone 07394 567360.

The outbreak of Coronavirus is affecting everyone in different ways, and during these uncertain times there has been a surge in demand for mental health services. Last month there was a 360% increase in crisis calls to the Oxfordshire Mind Information Line.

The Oxfordshire Mind Information Service provides free confidential advice, support and signposting. Call the Oxfordshire Mind Information Line on 01865 247788 (open Monday to Thursday, 9:30am to 4:30pm, Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm, closed bank holidays) or email info@oxfordshiremind.org.uk or visit oxmindguide.org.uk

The Oxford and Banbury Safe Havens offer out-of-hours support for people in mental health crisis. Staff can offer phone or face to face support, signpost to other services and help you keep safe when you’re struggling most.
Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday from 6pm till 10pm
Referral line is Banbury: 01295 270004; Oxford: 01865 903037 or 07710 092849

May 2020