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The 2.6 Challenge

Could you be a ‘Stay at Home Hero’?

Sunday, 26th April marks the day that the London Marathon would have taken place to raise millions of pounds charities. The streets of London would have buzzing with thousands of runners raising millions of pounds for charities, we would have been proudly cheering our runners from the side-lines.

Sadly COVID-19 has put a stop to all mass participation events which has had a hugely devastating effect on our fundraising income. The 2.6 Challenge aims to inspire the nation to get involved, not just runners or those who were due to take part in the London Marathon, anyone and everyone can get involved to help reduce this short-fall in charitable income.

The 2.6 Challenge is simple! It’s open to all ages and abilities. All you need to do is dream up an activity, based around the numbers 2 and 6, set up your fundraising page and encourage your friends and family to donate.

Here’s a few ideas:

  • Run, walk, skip or scoot 2.6 miles
  • Hop, jump, hoola or juggle for 2.6 minutes
  • Hold a quiz, bake off or dance class and invite 26 of your friends and family to donate to join you.
  • Make a donation of £26 or ask 26 people to donate

The options are endless.  Be as creative as you like but please adhere to government social distancing guidelines at all time.

Your support will make a difference:

  • £2.60 will give 1 person access to information on lung cancer and covid-19
  • £26.00 will allow our Nurses to support a patient or carers for an hour
  • £260 will provide grants to 2 people with lung cancer who are isolated and have extra costs for heating/ food during their 12 week shielding period.

This year,  because of the lockdown situation many charities are losing out on vital funds needed to keep them afloat. I’ve decided to do a marathon far more suited to me, and creating 26 special pieces of pottery I’ll be selling and giving the proceeds to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in memory of my mum.

Carolyn, throwing 26 pots in a day.

We’ve already had some brilliant challenges created, such as Carolyn who’s throwing 26 pots in a day and someone climbing the Gherkin building in London 2.6 times using her stairs at home!

We want to see all your amazing fundraising ideas, so make sure you tell us how you get on by posting a photo or video on social media, tagging @Roy_Castle_Lung on Twitter and use #TwoPointSixChallenge.

Get fundraising and have fun!