We’re taking on the 2.6 Challenge to save Bucks charities – will you?

With so many fundraising events cancelled due to the pandemic, charities of all sizes across the UK are struggling financially. The Virgin London Marathon, which was due to be held on Sunday 26th April, raised an incredible and much needed £66.4m last year alone.

To help replace these lost fundraising opportunities, the organisers of several mass sporting events have come together to launch ‘The 2.6 Challenge’, starting on Sunday 26th April – the day the London Marathon should have been run.

Through the 2.6 Challenge, you can fundraise for our incredible Buckinghamshire charities which provide so many vital services in our local communities. Your choice of challenge can be anything based around the theme ‘2.6’ or ‘26’ – from throwing and catching a ball 26 times to dancing non-stop for 26 minutes. Perhaps you could walk 2.6 km in fancy dress or jump 26 times on a trampoline? All ages and abilities can get involved, and you can be as creative as you like.

Our team at Community Impact Bucks has put together a compilation of our own 2.6 Challenge activities – have a look at our video for inspiration or to make you smile!

Once you have decided on your activity, find a charity which you would like to raise money for –  perhaps you have a local charity which is currently working to support the community during the pandemic? Or maybe a community group has helped you or a relative in the past? Money can be raised either through a donation from yourself or by asking friends and family to sponsor you to do your challenge.

Here are just a few of our local charities which are taking on the 2.6 Challenge:

  • Aylesbury Homeless Action Group: the charity provides housing advice and support to any person over the age of 18 years, who is defined as not in priority need. Read about AHAG’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Buckinghamshire Mind: for over 100 years, Buckinghamshire Mind has been a trusted charity working to support and represent people with mental health problems living across the county by providing high quality services. Read about Buckinghamshire Mind’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Bucks Vision: a local charity supporting people with sight loss in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Read about Bucks Vision’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Calibre Audio: this Aylesbury charity lends free audiobooks for anyone who is print disabled. Read about Calibre Audio’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Cardiomyopathy UK: the heart muscle charity. Read about Cardiomyopathy UK’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Child Bereavement UK: the charity supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Read about Child Bereavement UK’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Chilterns MS Centre: the charity helps people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to lead healthier and happier lives. Read about Chiltern MS Centre’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Coeliac UK: the independent charity for people living gluten free. Read about Coeliac UK’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Community Impact Bucks: we are a Bucks-wide charity which supports people and groups to get involved and make a difference in local Buckinghamshire communities. Watch our video above to see what we are doing for the 2.6 Challenge – for donations, click here.
  • Marlow Opportunity Playgroup: the only specialist pre-school in Bucks supporting young children with complex and profound needs. Read about Marlow Opportunity Playgroup’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Puzzle Centre: the charity provides early intervention for young children with autism and communication difficulties. Read about Puzzle Centre’s 2.6 appeal.
  • The Pace Centre: a children’s charity that transforms the lives of children and young people with motor disorders, such as cerebral palsy. Read about The Pace Centre’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Thomley Hall: a place for people of all abilities and disabilities, receiving over 30,000 visits from disabled people, their carers and families. Read about Thomley Hall’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Wheelpower: based at Stoke Mandeville, it is the national charity for wheelchair sport and provides opportunities for disabled people to play sport and lead healthy active lives.  Read about Wheelpower’s 2.6 appeal.
  • Wycombe Homeless Connection: a charity tackling homelessness in High Wycombe. Read about the Wycombe Homeless Connection 2.6 appeal.
  • Youth Concern: an Aylesbury-based charity supporting vulnerable young people (13-25 years). Read about Youth Concern’s 2.6 appeal.

You can find out about other fundraising appeals being run by Bucks charities and community groups on our Fundraising Appeals page.

Visit www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk for more information and join us to raise much needed funds for our brilliant Bucks charities.  Let’s do this!

Katie Higginson, CEO of Community Impact Bucks