The 2.6 Challenge launches on Sunday 26th April - a date that still means so much to the thousands of people counting down to what was meant to be London Marathon Day - one of the biggest events on the charity fundraising calendar.
From the 26th April, the Sustainable Merton team is joining Merton's local FUNdraising efforts and fundraisers across the UK taking on challenges based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. This could be anything from running 2.6 miles to baking 26 cupcakes (we have a few star bakers among us)... It's time to get creative! Each challenge is being taken on individually by our staff, trustees and Community Champions, following social distancing guidelines, but we're very much doing this as a TEAM, so all donations will be added together through our joint Localgiving fundraising page.
Make a difference! YOU can help Sustainable Merton by making a donation to support the vital work we are doing to set up Merton's Community Fridge as part of the borough's food poverty COVID-19 crisis response. We want to stop good food from going to waste and deliver it to those who need it most. Every donation made will go directly towards helping the Merton community during these challenging times and beyond, as we work towards a more sustainable future for all.
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The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
1) Think of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 that suits your skills
2) Share your challenge and our 👉 LocalGiving fundraising page 👈 with friends and family through social media and/or email to collect donations.
3) Complete your challenge on or from Sunday 26th April.
The challenge can be something as simple doing 26 minutes of yoga, or juggling for 26 minutes (or maybe just 2.6 minutes) non-stop. Check out the ‘Challenge Ideas’ page for inspiration.
And don’t worry if you’re not able to get out your house or flat for now – you can do your 2.6 challenge anywhere inside too! Whatever you can do, you can be a part of it – the main thing is to get active, have fun and pledge whatever you can to help save the UK’s charities.
About the 2.6 Challenge
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events.
Sunday 26th April was the scheduled date for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, the 40th edition of the world’s greatest marathon but the race has now been postponed to Sunday 4th October.
In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign, the 2.6 Challenge, to raise vital funds to help save the UK’s charities.