The top 25 mass participation sports events in the UK raise more than £150 million for charities every year and now hundreds of events have been delayed or postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Sunday 26 April should be the date of the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.
Now the UK’s mass participation event industry has come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign to Save the UK’s Charities.
We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April to help to save Durham Wildlife Trust.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income. 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 to save the UK’s charities.
We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support Durham Wildlife Trust.
People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless!
The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
- Walk up and down the stairs 26 times?
- Give up your favourite food for 26 days?
- Run a mile a day for 26 days?
- Create 26 gifts to deliver to your neighbours (with social distancing of course)
- Do 2.6 park runs along your local route?
- Hold a plank for 2.6 minutes?
- Do 2.6 laps of your local running track or favourite walking route?
- Do a sponsored 26 minute silence (hard for the kids, bliss for the parents)
- Identify 26 species of plant in your garden (the hard part is doing your homework!)
- Do a 26 hour sing-a-long to your favourite musicals?
- Do a sponsored 2.6km run as a family
- Knit a scarf that is 2.6 metres long
- Read 2.6 chapters of your book every day
- Bake 26 cakes to give to key workers
Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you. There are just five simple steps to take:
1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas here
2. Donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to Durham Wildlife Trust via JustGiving or to set up a fundraising page here.
3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
4. Complete your challenge
5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge
We hope you’ll join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge to support Durham Wildlife Trust and help to save the UK’s charities.
For further information on The 2.6 Challenge, including a list of partners and supporters, and for more ideas about what your activity could be, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk