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.

 

So 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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Oct

Go from couch to 5k and have fun taking part in a run within scenic settings.The Big Fun Run series is all about relaxed exercise - no times, no pressure, just lots of fun! These 5k runs are being staged in parks all across the UK throughout the summer.   The whole family can take part: jog, skip, push a buggy or be daring and wear fancy dress. Under 5's can even run for free!   Highlights Suitable for all the family Under 5's run for free Pe...


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Jan - Feb

Reach the summit of the world’s highest free-standing mountain - the roof of Africa! Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most impressive sights in Africa and climbing it is one of the all time great achievements. Rising majestically from the Savannah lands of northern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro soars to a chilling 5,895m high peak. Our challenge is to get off the beaten track on our uncrowded route, trekking above the sea of clouds to the summit.   We ...


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04 Mar

Voted 'The Fastest Spring Half Marathon Course in the UK' by Athletics Weekly The ‘Bath Half’ is one of the oldest and best half marathons in the UK. Boasting heritage and beauty, Bath offers an idyllic setting for a half marathon.   The course itself is fast and flat making it suitable for runners of all abilities and is simply one of the must-do half marathons. One of the longest standing and most popular traffic-free city centre road races,...


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Mar - Apr

This 450km cycle challenge will take you off the beaten track, from the plantations of Vietnam to the dry lands of Cambodia. 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.   ...


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22 Apr

With thousands of people lining the course filled with the capital's best landmarks, the Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the biggest and best running events in the world! The London Marathon is one the most famous runs in the world. Join 45,000 other runners on this legendary course through the streets of London and past some of the most iconic sites in the capital including Buckingham Palace, Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and the Houses of ...


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Apr - May

  Experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World and delve into China’s history on this exclusive trip of a lifetime! 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 a...


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04 May

Trek through the Peruvian Andes to discover the wonderful hot springs at Baños Del Inca and the lost city of Machu Picchu. Reach the lost city of Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate following an uncrowded route in the Lares Valley, hike in the Peruvian Andes and explore the Inca capital of Cusco.   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 t...


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08 Jul

Take the plunge and abseil 328ft down the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower! The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is visible for miles around Portsmouth and can be seen from the Isle of Wight. Thrill-seekers can complete an abseil from a platform on the side of Emirates Spinnaker Tower, enjoying breath-taking views of Portsmouth Harbour.   Do not miss this fantastic opportunity for an exhilarating abseil 328ft down the side of this iconic building. With...


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Aug

Experience some of Iceland's stunning wilderness as you pass thundering waterfalls, steaming lava fields and plunging fjords. 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 volc...


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09 Sep

Join almost 60,000 other runners and secure your charity place in the world's biggest half marathon!The Great North Run, as the name suggests, is great in every sense. It’s an exhilarating challenge, completing the course is a great 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 arrivin...


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Oct - Nov

Conquer Mount Everest in the ultimate charity challenge! 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...


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Oct

The Grand Canyon is something special. 18 miles wide and over a mile deep, we’ll take you on a trip to see some of the most awe-inspiring sights of your life.The Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, boasts one of the oldest and most majestic landscapes on earth. This challenge is a unique twist on regular Grand Canyon itineraries as we follow in the ancient footsteps of the Navajo Indians. We will spend our days winding...


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Thank you to everyone who took part in the Bristol Radisson Blu Stair Climb Challenge! Consisting of 18 flights and 300 steps, this fundraising extravaganza was certainly no mean feat! With lots of cheering, a great atmosphere and spectacular views, our Best For Ages supporters took on the epic tower climb at their own pace to rise above loneliness and isolation for older people living across the UK.   Some of our more speedy participants used...


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Experience the thrill of jumping and free-falling whilst harnessed to a professional instructor in a sponsored tandem skydive! 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 1...


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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 an...


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Thank you to everyone who took part in the High Peak Trail Hike. We hope you had a fantastic day!  Take a look at our event photo gallery and see if you can spot yourself amongst all the fantastically determined people who took part! Please share your photos through your personal social media channels - and don't forget to use #BestForAges!   You can pay in your fundraising by post, online or over the phone.    JustGiving or Virgin Money Givin...


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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.

 

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.

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04 Mar

Voted 'The Fastest Spring Half Marathon Course in the UK' by Athletics Weekly The ‘Bath Half’ is one of the oldest and best half marathons in the UK. Boasting heritage and beauty, Bath offers an idyllic setting for a half marathon.   The course itself is fast and flat making it suitable for runners of all abilities and is simply one of the must-do half marathons. One of the longest standing and most popular traffic-free city centre road races,...


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04 May

Trek through the Peruvian Andes to discover the wonderful hot springs at Baños Del Inca and the lost city of Machu Picchu. Reach the lost city of Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate following an uncrowded route in the Lares Valley, hike in the Peruvian Andes and explore the Inca capital of Cusco.   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 t...


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08 Jul

Take the plunge and abseil 328ft down the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower! The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is visible for miles around Portsmouth and can be seen from the Isle of Wight. Thrill-seekers can complete an abseil from a platform on the side of Emirates Spinnaker Tower, enjoying breath-taking views of Portsmouth Harbour.   Do not miss this fantastic opportunity for an exhilarating abseil 328ft down the side of this iconic building. With...


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