People have been doing the most amazing things to support the Royal Borough's children's hospice - baking, running, cycling, back flipping.

But they all have one thing in common, the number 26.

It all started when the annual Virgin Money London Marathon due to happen this Sunday, April 26 fell victim to the lockdown. Last year it raised more than £66.4million for thousands of charities.

In response to this year's disappointment the organisers of mass sporting events across the country got together to launch the 26 challenge.

Fund raisers could do anything as long as it had a connection to the number 26 and did not breach Government safety or distance guidelines.

The campaign lasts a week and has already comes as a great boost to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service which built and runs the new children's hospice in Maidenhead.

Fundraising Manager Harjit Bola, at Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service said: “Right now Alexander Devine families need our support more than ever but our fundraising is at an all-time low due to the cancellation of most of our events. This campaign is a fantastic way for everyone in the local community to do their bit, have fun and raise much needed funds for local families that desperately need support. We can’t wait to see what people get up to – whether it be juggling for 2.6 minutes or going up and down the stairs 26 times!”

The hospice has already heard from five-year-old Rufus who plans to run around the garden 26 times, scoot 2.6k in the vicinity, do 26 star jumps, catch a ball 26 times and do 26 seat drops on the trampoline.

Bella, six and Joshua, 10 will cycle 26k round their surrounding home area - while eight year old Nina has jumped the gun and already done 26 back flips.

Susie Patterson, the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service's marketing and communications co-ordinator said: "We have people doing amazing things for us this weekend – baking, running, cycling, jumping, scooting, walking, star jumps, virtual family HIIT work outs, social distance cycle laps of Windsor, back flips, cartwheels, giving up screen times and even growing sunflowers (might take longer than a week!). Already they have raised over £6,300."