Charity urges public to support The 2.6 Challenge
One of the UK’s leading children’s charities is lending its weight to The 2.6 Challenge, set up by Britain’s mass participation event organisers, including the London Marathon, to save the UK’s charities.
The UK charity sector estimates it will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic with thousands of fundraising events postponed across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Like many charities Caudwell Children, who provide practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, were due to have a team of runners participating in this weekend’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
Now, with the event postponed, the charity is set to lose vital funds that would have been used to support disabled children across the UK.
It’s no surprise then that the team at Caudwell Children are urging members of the public to support The 2.6 Challenge taking place on Sunday 26th April, 2020, the day the 40th London Marathon would have taken place.
“This is a fantastic initiative to bring the nation together this Sunday to save the UK’s charities,” said Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children. “The 2.6 Challenge is a really simple and fun way for people of all ages and abilities to do their bit to help save the UK’s charity sector.
“All you have to do is take on a numerical themed challenged based on the numbers 2.6 or 26. It could be something as simple as pledging to run or walk 2.6 miles as part of your daily exercise, you could read 26 pages of a book, you could do 26 press ups, 26 keepie-uppies or you could bounce 26 times on a trampoline.
“It’s that simple, but it will make a huge difference.”
With many charities having to reduce or stop services at a time when venerable members of society need them most, and with thousands of charity staff placed on furlough and many charities facing closure in the next few months, Trudi is urging people to support the campaign.
With a host of celebrities already backing The 2.6 Challenge, like Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, and BBC radio presenter and DJ Trevor Nelson, it’s also hoped that thousands of people across the UK will become ‘Home Heroes’ by raising funds from their own living room, bedroom, balcony or garden.
“There are no rules apart from the Government guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time,” continued Trudi. “The main thing is to be active, have fun, and pledge whatever you can to help, or you can raise funds yourself to save the UK’s charities.”
You can support Caudwell Children through The 2.6 Challenge by visiting the website here.