Professional golfer raising funds through 2.6 Challenge
One of the UK’s leading golf trick shot performers is to raise vital funds for disabled children by completing the 2.6 Challenge, set up by Britain’s mass participation event organisers, including the London Marathon, to save the UK’s charities.
Kevin Carpenter, who lives in Copford, in Colchester, was due to run in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon to raise funds for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
With the event now being postponed to Sunday 4th October, 2020, due to the coronavirus crisis, the UK charity sector estimates it will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the pandemic with thousands of fundraising events postponed across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In response to the postponement organisers launched the 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April, what should have been the date for the 40th edition of the London Marathon, to get the public to take part in a fundraising activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.
And with people of all ages getting involved in a range of activities, from reading 26 pages of a book, completing 26 press ups, and running or walking 2.6 miles as part of their daily exercise allowed under the present Government guidelines, 45-year-old Kevin decided to focus on the number 26 for his challenge.
“Charities are desperately in need of funds in order to survive and continue the great work that they do,” said Kevin. “With the London Marathon still very much in doubt I wanted to play a small part in raising funds for Caudwell Children, so from Monday 27th April I’ve been running for 26 minutes a day with the aim of doing this for 26 consecutive days.”
Kevin has been injured for the last three weeks and without the goal of the London Marathon, had been struggling to find the motivation to start training again. “When I heard about the 2.6 Challenge, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get my Caudwelll Children running vest on again and help the campaign,” explained Kevin.
However, the father of three says his first run did not go to plan. As he continued: “I didn’t really have a clear route and I was almost running it blind.
“I ran in the Essex countryside from Copford towards Tiptree, and then headed back to Colchester, on a very quiet route of largely single lanes and winding roads.
“I got my maths all wrong before I started the run and I thought it was approximately half marathon distance, but when I was eight miles into the run I realised I was only half way around and I was looking at 16 miles!”
Kevin, a golf professional at Hintlesham Golf Club, in Ipswich, says that he has been keeping himself busy by practising new trick shots during the lockdown. He said: “It’s given me the time to invent some great new trick shots which, when perfected, I’ve been posting on my social media channels.
“But now, given my new 2.6 Challenge, I’ll also be spending more time running for Caudwell Children, helping to raise the funds they need to continue providing access to the services, equipment, therapies and treatments that disabled children need to lead happy, active and independent lives.”
Kerrie Davies, Associate Director of Events at Caudwell Children, is delighted that Kevin is fundraising for the charity. As she explained: “For Kevin to raise money for Caudwell Children in this way is amazing.
“He is one of the most accomplished golf trick performers in the UK, and is in demand around the world.
“Having Kevin supporting Caudwell Children is fantastic and we can’t thank him enough.”
You can support Kevin through his Virgin Money Giving page here.
You can support Caudwell Children through The 2.6 Challenge website here.
You can check out some of Kevin’s golf trick shots here.