Cure Leukaemia calls on supporters to join The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April
Due to the current global situation, Cure Leukaemia, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation or postponement of major fundraising events including Geoff Thomas’ GT15 Tour de France cycling challenge which aimed to raised £1,000,000 for the charity.
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 – what should have been the date of the 40th edition of the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.
From Sunday 26 April, we’re 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 £26 on Virgin Money Giving or JustGiving via twopointsixchallenge.co.uk.
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.
Chief Executive James McLaughlin said: “The cancellation of Geoff’s GT15 Tour de France challenge now leaves Cure Leukaemia with a potential £1,000,000 shortfall this year. These funds ensure we can continue funding specialist research nurses at 12 blood cancer centres across the UK, many of whom have been redeployed to work directly on clinical trials to combat COVID-19.
“We are immensely grateful to the organisers of The 2.6 Challenge for helping charities like Cure Leukaemia engage with our supporters with a vehicle to help address this shortfall. I urge all our supporters and the blood cancer community across the United Kingdom to get involved in this campaign and help us continue funding our life-saving nurses across the country.”
“The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you,” says Nick Rusling, Co-Chair of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race. “You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like. We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”
“For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year,” said Hugh Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon Events. “One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. We hope that The 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th Race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities. Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before. We are asking everyone to create a 2.6 Challenge of their own and raise funds or pledge a donation.”
The mass-participation events organisers behind The 2.6 Challenge are: Human Race, parkrun, The Great Run Company, Run 4 Wales, Grounded Events, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport, Limelight Sports, Threshold Sports, Running High and London Marathon Events. The design and website has been created by Studio Republic and the social media campaign by LiveWire Sport. Both agencies are working pro bono.
The campaign is supported by the Charities Aid Foundation, the Institute of Fundraising, the Small Charities Coalition, the Office for Civil Society, Sport England, Let’s Do This, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving.
For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk.
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