Watch fundraiser tackle 26 obstacles in her home and garden in 2.6 Challenge

A fundraiser completed an obstacle course in her house and garden to generate vital cash for the charity she works for.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 4:45 pm

Emily Burns clambered over bins and underneath tables while also playing 10-pin bowling with her garden gnomes.

She also juggled toilet rolls, completed sit ups and rode a bike while cheered on from a safe distance by neighbours.

Emily devised the 26-station obstacle course with help from friends and relatives as part of the nationwide 2.6 Challenge.

Emily Burns prepares for her 2.6 charity challenge in her house and garden.

The event was devised to assist worthy causes which will have been deprived of funds as a result of the postponement of Sunday’s 26-mile London Marathon.

Her efforts and those of work colleagues have helped raise nearly £5,000 towards sports for development charity Sported.

Emily, 33, who is the charity’s North-East regional manager and lives in West Rainton, near Durham City, said: “Like a lot of charities we have struggled for funds since the coronavirus

started and I wanted to come up with an idea which would raise money and give people a laugh at the same time.”

Sported assists 3,000 community sport and youth groups nationwide with its work including training volunteers and identifying funding opportunities.

Among the organisations it supports here in the North East are Sunderland-based Young Asian Voices, County Durham-based Live Well North East as well as a host of rugby, cricket and football clubs.

Further details are available at or by telephoning (0203) 8484670.

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