Charities across the UK are taking part in a new challenge to help cope with the current Coronavirus pandemic, and Northampton Saints Foundation wants YOU to get involved too!
Sunday 26th April should have been the day of the world-famous London Marathon, a huge day in the calendar for hundreds of charities all over the UK, however the 40th edition of the race has been postponed for the time being.
“The additional emotional, practical and financial pressures on some young people and their families at the moment mean they need our support more than ever.”Catherine Deans, Managing Director
But the nationwide 2.6 Challenge campaign encourages members of the public to come up with activities based around the numbers 2.6 and 26 – such as doing 26 push ups, running 2.6 miles or raising £26.
Like many charities, Saints Foundation has been forced to cancel many of our fundraising events, and we have seen our income dramatically reduced.
So, we are calling on Saints’ amazing supporters, and the people of Northampton, to join us in getting active and raising some money to help us continue to support young people in our community.
The challenge will is open to anyone of any age, as long as they follow the government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
“The beauty of this challenge is that anybody can take part and can do anything they like, just themed around numbers 2.6 or 26 and within government guidelines,” said Catherine Deans, Managing Director at Saints Foundation.
“We’ve got our volunteers and other supporters taking part by attempting things like walking 26,200 steps, doing 26 minutes of yoga, bouncing 26 metres on a space hopper, or running 2.6km around their local park.”
How can I get involved?
- The 2.6 Challenge can be anything you like but must include the numbers 2.6 or 26 – so get creative and have some fun with it!
- Complete your challenge and send us a photo on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK with the hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge
- Donate what you can, from 26p to £26 and beyond, by CLICKING HERE and either searching for ‘Northampton Saints Foundation’ or selecting the central Save the UK’s Charities fund.
- Nominate your mates to take on your 2.6 Challenge or dream up their own!
Deans added: “Any money raised for us by the public will help us continue to support our students on the Engage programme.
“Our ability to fundraise has been drastically reduced by the current situation, but we continue to work with some of the most vulnerable young people in Northamptonshire – the additional emotional, practical and financial pressures on them and their families at the moment mean they need our support more than ever.”
Still need a #TwoPointSixChallenge idea? 🤔— The #TwoPointSixChallenge (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2020
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