Supporters of Northampton Saints Foundation came together on Sunday to take part in the nationwide 2.6 Challenge, raising an incredible £3795 and counting in the process.
With the world-famous London Marathon postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of charities across the UK took part in the 2.6 Challenge on the event’s original date of Sunday 26th April.
Members of the public were encouraged to come up with activities based around the numbers 2.6 and 26 – such as doing 26 push ups, running 2.6 miles or cycling 26 kilometres.
And Northampton Saints’ players did not disappoint, with Harry Mallinder, Tom Wood, Tom Collins, Paul Hill, Henry Taylor and James Grayson all taking part in a host of challenges and posting the results on Instagram and Twitter.
Today’s exercise is dedicated to @SaintsFdation & @RestartRugby 2.6 challenge. 1st we run 2.6miles followed by 26km bike ride as a family.Fundraising is a huge challenge for charities during these strange times so get behind them if u can.Both doing incredible work but need da💰 pic.twitter.com/kLQK7fnVQF— Tom Wood (@tomwood678) April 26, 2020
Moreover, Saints Wheelchair Rugby captain Gerry Mac also got stuck in, and representatives from the Army Reserve Centre on Clare Street and many of our Mobbs Own project volunteers did a range of 2.6-related activities.
HITZ students also took part – Tyrell Wilson, who was nominated for the 2019 Academic Achiever Award, walking 26,000 steps for example.
While donations continue to flood in, the current total stands at £3795 including Gift Aid, and you can still contribute now by CLICKING HERE and either searching for ‘Northampton Saints Foundation’ or selecting the central Save the UK’s Charities fund.
“The level of support we’ve seen from the public, the Saints’ players and our other staff has been really overwhelming,” said Catherine Deans, Foundation Managing Director.
“This is an extremely challenging time for all charities around the world, as without regular fundraising events it becomes impossible to continue to run the initiatives you usually would.
“That is why the 2.6 Challenge on Sunday has been such a resounding success – all of the money raised for Saints Foundation will go towards continuing our regular programmes to help young people in Northamptonshire during these unique times.”