WHAT IS BEST FOR AGES?

Best For Ages is the fundraising arm of national charity MHA and offers easy and fun opportunities to raise vital funds to connect older people in communities that care. We'll make every penny you raise go further to reduce loneliness and isolation across the UK as well as funding award-winning music therapy in our dementia care homes.

 

With the launch of our first ever charity single Glue, which is based on the devastating love story of Stan and Ruth Grimmett, we're aiming to raise essential funds to provide music therapy in dementia care. You can help us by downloading Glue, making a donation and sharing the official music video with family and friends.

 

Whether you're an experienced fundraiser, want to take part in a charity event for the first time or you're thinking of organising a group event, Best For Ages will be with you every step of the way to help you make whatever you decide to do a success. 

 

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Jul - Oct

The Big Fun Run series is all about relaxed exercise - no times, no pressure, just lots of fun! These family friendly 5k runs are being staged in parks all across the UK throughout the summer. This relaxed event has a fun and friendly festival atmosphere so fun and fancy dress is strongly encouraged. The whole family can take part: jog, skip or buggy. As a bonus children under the age of five can even run for free. No matter whether you take...


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Jul

Brace yourself for a fast-paced and physically challenging adventure, as you take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.   Over the course of two days, you will trek around 26 miles and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m. This is a serious and tough challenge whi...


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Jul - Oct

The Dog Jog series is a unique event aimed at all ages and abilities for you and your dog to get fit and have fun in 2018. Each event offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere with no times and no pressure.   What’s more, when you cross the finish line you’ll receive a fantastic Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for you and your four-legged friend, as well as a Dog Jog keying collar medal!   Why run for MHA? Sponsorship form and fundraising pac...


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Aug - Sep

Iceland is a land of incredible beauty. Its wild volcanic landscapes, glaciers, hot springs, sprouting geysers and thundering waterfalls, combined with its rich history and folklore make it a fascinating country to explore. This awesome trek takes us across the Landmannalaugar route through one of the most actively volcanic and alien landscapes in Iceland. Although the duration is short, the days are long and the terrain is very challenging w...


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08 Sep

The Best Peak District Abseil For Ages returns for a second year to challenge you to an 80 foot free-fall abseil off Millers Dale Bridge, a spectacular and well known abseil location in the heart of the Peak District National Park.   Highlights• 80 foot free-fall style abseil• Perfect for individuals, teams, couples, families, friends and colleagues• A challenge for both beginners and experienced abseilers   What's included• Professionally...


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09 Sep

The Great North Run, as the name suggests, is great in every sense. It’s an exhilarating and memorable challenge - one that is sure to leave you with a fantastic sense of achievement.   It is, without exception, the world's greatest half marathon as you and almost 60,000 other runners line up in the centre of Newcastle and head out through Gateshead and South Tyneside before arriving - sufficiently pleased with yourself and, quite probably, ...


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Sep

Departing from the coast of West Cumbria, this challenging itinerary stretches for 140 miles until reaching the North Sea.   The picturesque route crosses the northern edge of the Lake District, then climbs into the dramatic landscapes of the northern Pennines. Following the ancient fringes of Hadrian’s Wall, it then heads down to the coastline of Whitley Bay.   Join the Best Cycling Team For Ages and support us on our mission to end lonel...


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28 Sep

Set in rural Hampshire Parkland, Wickham Park has 18 challenging holes, spread over 5,868 yards.   Relax and enjoy a bacon roll and hot drink on registration, before teeing off and playing all 18 holes. See if you can win the prize in our longest drive challenge, or if accuracy is more your skill, will you be closest to the pin?   Once you are done and scores are in, settle down to a sit down meal to gloat about the ones that went in and q...


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06 Oct

Head for the hills to take on a hike through Derbyshire’s finest countryside this October. The Peak District is home to stunning scenery and more than lives up to its reputation as one of Britain’s most inspiring National Parks.   The High Peak Trail Hike promises to be a fantastic day - perfect for families, friends, individuals and colleagues. Both routes follow a linear trail with transport provided to the starting line, allowing for you ...


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Oct

Enjoy stunning sea views, fresh crisp clean air and the very best of Bournemouth and Poole, as the south coast is home to an exciting international running festival. You'll run alongside a beautiful picturesque coast line and the Boscombe and Bournemouth piers, before running along the seafront to a spectacular finish in Lower Gardens.   The flat course is perfect for beginners or experienced runners wanting to set a personal best.   Apply...


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07 Oct

Enjoy stunning sea views, fresh crisp clean air and the very best of Bournemouth and Poole, as the south coast is home to an exciting international running festival. You'll run alongside a beautiful picturesque coast line and the Boscombe and Bournemouth piers, before running along the seafront to a spectacular finish in Lower Gardens.   The flat course is perfect for beginners or experienced runners wanting to set a personal best.   Apply...


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Oct

The Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, boasts one of the oldest and most majestic landscapes on earth.   We will trek across open desert paths, past ancient ruins and into scenic canyons with dramatic rock formations through the spiritual heart of the Navajo nation . After our hike throughout the valley's spectacular landscape we'll have a traditional Navajo dinner and learn more about Navajo culture around the camp...


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21 Oct

The Great South Run takes you through Portsmouth, following a 10 mile route around the city passing the famous Historic Dockyard at Victory Gate, Spinnaker Tower, and finishing on the seafront with beautiful views of the Isle of Wight The course is fast, flat and fun, with fantastic crowds and music to keep you going. It’s the perfect race for beginners and experienced runners alike. Finally, the flat stretch along the sea front to the finis...


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Oct - Nov

Our first taste of the Inca world will be in and around Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. After acclimatising to the high altitude, we will head towards the remote and rarely visited Lares Valley. This great alternative to the busy Inca Trail is well off the beaten track and offers trekkers a unique view of the diverse surroundings and traditional Peruvian cultures.   We'll visit the wonderful hot springs at Baños Del Inca before wandering th...


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Mar

Eight of the world’s 14 giants meet in the Nepalese Himalayas, including the greatest of them all: Mount Everest standing at a formidable 8,848m.   Beginning in Lukla, we will follow in the footsteps of the Sherpa on this epic quest trekking at high altitude. You will take in the overwhelming panoramic views of deep gorges and glaciers whilst sampling traditional Sherpa hospitality along the way.   Cross numerous rivers along the way until...


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Mar - Apr

A challenge of great contrasts, this cycling route covers 450kms past plantations, across waterways and through villages deep in the heart of the lush Mekong Delta in Vietnam. You will venture off the beaten track along quiet backwaters and country roads, passing temples and pagodas and experiencing local hospitality.   We then cross the border into Cambodia and push forward through beautiful landscape to the world famous temple site of Angk...


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Apr

We'll head deep into the countryside away from the places where tourists normally visit this majestic structure. Our trek is very varied, as we pass through woodland and terraced farmland, and follow the contours of the beautiful hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing.   You will marvel at the panoramic views as you follow one of the Seven Wonders of the World across the beautiful hills and mountains north of Beijing, offerin...


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Jan - Dec

Take to the skies in a solo parachute jump to help beat loneliness and social isolation for older people! For a once in a lifetime adrenaline rush that you'll never forget, challenge yourself to a solo parachute jump!   This event is split in two parts, on the first day you will undergo training on all aspects of the jump. On the following day you will take to the skies to perform your jump from 3,000 feet using a parachute canopy securely ...


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Jan - Dec

Experience the exhilarating feeling of flying solo through the clouds at up to 120mph in this incredible charity challenge to help tackle loneliness in later life! This is the real thing for those who really want to learn what skydiving is all about! Learning to skydive solo is a big challenge and you will start with a full day's training including practical and classroom sessions covering all areas of making a solo skydive from 10,000 feet! ...


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Jan - Dec

Experience the thrill of jumping and free-falling in a sponsored tandem skydive to help beat loneliness for older people! A tandem skydive is the easiest and most popular of all skydives. After just 30 minutes of training you get to jump strapped to a British Parachute Association (BPA) qualified tandem instructor who does all of the hard work for you, allowing you to enjoy the exhilarating feeling of flying through the clouds from over 10,00...


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Music therapy allows people living with dementia to express themselves when they struggle to communicate in other ways. It’s not until you lose the power of speech that you realise what a crucial element it is for self expression and communication with others. It's one reason why people living with dementia often experience fear and anxiety in their daily lives. But music therapy can provide an alternative, non-verbal method of engagement and...


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Music therapy allows people living with dementia to express themselves when they struggle to communicate in other ways.   It’s not until you lose the power of speech that you realise what a crucial element it is for self expression and communication with others. It's one reason why people living with dementia often experience fear and anxiety in their daily lives. But music therapy can provide an alternative, non-verbal method of engagement ...


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Why Choose Us?

We've been improving the lives of older people for almost 75 years. With your help, we will help many more.

The money you raise will go towards connecting older people in communities that care. From services like our Live at Home schemes across Great Britain that reduce loneliness and isolation for over 10,000 individuals to our groundbreaking Music Therapy for people living with dementia, every penny will make a difference to older people. To learn more about our life-enhancing work, please visit the Your Impact page.

 

The money you raise will go towards supporting projects such as:
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£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.

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£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.

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£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.

Together, we can change lives...
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