St Luke’s Hospice calls on supporters to join The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April 2020
St Luke’s Hospice, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events due to COVID-19.
In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.
The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.
From Sunday 26 April 2020, St Luke’s are asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by donating to S Luke’s Hospice.
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 and remember to stay local.
“Simply think of an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and take on that challenge. From walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless!
Tim Ridgewell, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at St Luke’s said: “The closure of our charity shops and the postponement of our fundraising events has meant that we are facing financial losses of up to £1 million per quarter.
“We rely on the support of the public for 60% of our funding, which means we don’t have the funding for the extra care demands the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting us with. In our 32-year history, we have never faced such a severe challenge. We need your help.”
We are asking everyone to get involved by to create a 2.6 Challenge of their own and raise funds or pledge a donation. Visit www.stlukes-hospice.org/events/thetwopointsixchallenge for more information.