It’s called the 2.6 Challenge because The Virgin Money London Marathon is normally held on the 26th of April and is 26 miles long. Due to COVID-19, this year’s marathon has been cancelled. It’s the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019.
In response, the #TwoPointSixChallenge has been launched nationwide to raise vital funds and save the UK’s charities. Our sector is estimating losses in the billions due cancellation of fundraising activities. SPEAR is forecasting a loss of around £60,000 in six months from community and corporate fundraising events.
We need your help! We are inviting all supporters to take part, money raised will go into a central fund and re-allocated to participating charities.
What you have to do
1. Dream up your 2.6 Challenge, any physical activity such as:
- Doing 26 skips, 26 times
- Walking or jogging 26 laps of the garden
- Hopping for 2.6 miles
- Tossing 26 pancakes
- Throwing 26 beanbags into a basket 2.6 metres away
- A set of 26 repetitions of different exercises on a workout
2. Head to https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/getinvolved.html to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to SPEAR or to set up a fundraising page.
3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
4. Complete your challenge within one week starting from the 26th April.
5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge and tag SPEAR in. (If you’re creating an Instagram story, you can add a donate button to make it even easier to raise funds for SPEAR)
The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – please remember to follow government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
Get involved and help us support those tackling homelessness in your community!