Thousands of fundraising events across the UK have been cancelled due to Covid 19 with a devastating impact on charity income that means many charities like ours are facing closure. It is estimated that the UK charity sector will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the pandemic. 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 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, Yorkshire Cat Rescue are asking the public to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to Save the UK’s Charities via this website. 

Nic Willis of Yorkshire cat Rescue said “We are asking everyone to create a 2.6 Challenge of their own to raise funds or pledge a donation. 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. The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you, 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 our charity survive through the pandemic.” For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit