The 2.6 Challenge was created by the London Marathon’s organisers as a way of helping to raise some of the £67m that UK charities will miss out on due to the race being postponed. The campaign launched on Sunday 26 April, what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, and invited people to take part in a range of activities while they are stuck at home.
People of all ages took part in a variety of fantastic challenges based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and there really was some great ideas that all careful stuck to the Government’s guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
Cathy and her daughter Lily were planning to do a car boot sale to raise money for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit but due to the lock-down they decided to take part in the 2.6 Challenge by running around their garden 26 times. Along with Cathy’s mother-in-law, helping out by doing socially distant plant sales, they have so far managed to raise over £400!
Cathy was only too happy to support Rockinghorse; “Our son Bobby was looked after by the amazing team of doctors and nurses at the TMBU in 2015 and without them he wouldn’t be here today so raising money for them is a pleasure.”
Family cycling challenge
Another impressive feat was taken on by Kate Roche and her family, Liam (11), Nate (9), Seth (5) and partner Simon. The decided to use their static bike to cycle the marathon distance of 26.2 miles in aid of Rockinghorse. Everyone got in on the action and together raised over £600 for Rockinghorse!
Kate was really pleased to be able to lend their support; “We chose to raise money for Rockinghorse because it’s such a special charity that does such vital work. We have three young children, all of whom have visited the Alex over the years and have benefitted from the services and resources provide. The impact co-vid 19 is having on all charities is heart-breaking and we wanted to do whatever we could to help Rockinghorse continue their vital work in these scary times.”
The Foxy Ladies’ running group from Worthing took part in a big club challenge to run 260 miles to raise money for five different charities, including Rockinghorse.
The group of 115 foxes, along with eight cubs, smashed their initial target with a total of 734 miles run in total raising over £6,000 for the five nominated charities.
All of these individual and group challenges will make such a difference to smaller charities like Rockinghorse and will enable us to continue to provide funds for equipment and projects at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, the TMBU and across Sussex. So a massive thank you from all of us to everyone who took part and helped raise money for us!