The 40th London Marathon has been cancelled, along with thousands of fundraising events including ours – leaving many charities worried about their income and future.
The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019.
As it cannot take place as planned, its organisers have created a ‘lockdown-friendly event’ called The Two Point Six Challenge (#TwoPointSixChallenge) which is easy for anyone to join in and make a difference, especially for smaller local charities like ours.
The idea is that every small ‘event’ can add up to something worthwhile – and for us, it really does all add up.
We are still able to deliver our services, albeit in different ways, but we have to keep trying to ensure some of our fundraising income comes in, so are asking you to join in with a 2.6 or 26 themed event.
You might choose to run 2.6miles, do 260 jumps or jog for 26 minutes – whatever you’re doing it will be appreciated and do tag us on our social media to let us know what you’re doing!
Fundraising Officer Caroline Gaskin said: “It’s such a fantastic idea in response to the situation and we are looking forward to seeing some very imaginative and creative ideas!
“It’s all about what you can do rather than what you can’t, staying safe, at home and following the Covid guidelines.
“Have fun and thank you to everyone who is already involved and those who join us.”
The challenges will take place from Sunday 26th April for a week.
Caroline will be joining with her dance school United Dance Studios to do 26 dances in 26 minutes on Sunday.
Fundraising pages should be set up with either JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving – because donations will also be made to charities from a collective pot of money from the funds raised through the 2.6 Challenge.