- 23 April 2020
During this unprecedented time Diabetes UK are inviting you, your family and friends to take part in The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April to help people living with and affected by diabetes. www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/fundraising-events/2.6-challenge
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income. In these times, people living with and affected by diabetes need our support more than ever. We have had to shift the focus of our work and operations to enable us to keep providing support and comfort to those who need it.
To offer further support, 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 to save the UK’s charities.
The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event. We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support our cause via www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk
People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – 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!The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you. If you are living with diabetes, please adhere to our guidance before you take up your activity: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus
There are just five simple steps to take:
1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas here
2. Head to www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to Diabetes UK and set up a fundraising page
3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
4. Complete your challenge
5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge
We hope to welcome you to the 2.6 Challenge in the near future.