Take the 2.6 Challenge to help save the UK’s charities

Many fundraising events in the UK have been postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are all hopeful many of these events will go ahead at a later date, many charities across the UK have been left struggling to maintain their services.

These charities, such as The Community Heartbeat Trust, need our support now more than ever. From those supporting children to the elderly, as well as those providing vital palliative care, mental health support, housing, food supplies and more. It’s never been more important to come together and show how much we care.

In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together to create the 2.6 Challenge, a new campaign to raise vital funds to help our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.

From Sunday 26 April, Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) is asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by creating a 2.6 Challenge fundraising page or donate to Community Heartbeat Trust on Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving. You don’t need to be a marathon runner to take part – this is a challenge for all ages and abilities. Just get thinking of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or from Sunday 26 April. It could be something as simple as running 2.6 miles, 26 minutes of yoga, or juggling for 26 minutes – or on second thoughts, maybe just 2.6 minutes! And don’t worry if you’re not able to get out your house or flat for now. The charities aren’t looking for superheroes, they’re looking for Home Heroes and HeartbeatHeroes.

This initiative is not just to support the Community Heartbeat Trust, any funds raised by supporting CHT will be distributed across the whole UK, but by showing your support the trust will also benefit from any proceeds raised as a whole by all participants and fundraisers on 26 April.

There are no rules (apart from the Government guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time). Whatever you can do, you can be part of it – the main thing is getting active, having fun and donating whatever you can to help save the UK’s charities.