Updated: Oct 27, 2020
EDT, like so many charities across the UK, has been impacted by COVID-19. At this time of unprecedented disruption to education, the work we do to support young people in developing the STE(A)M skills they need to achieve the bright futures they deserve is more important than ever.
We hope that our supporters will join the 2.6 Challenge to help us ensure that young people across the UK can continue to access high-quality STE(A)M education.
From Sunday 26 April 2020, the challenge is to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by donating on our JustGiving page HERE.
Taking up the 2.6 Challenge can be something as simple as walking or running 2.6 miles, 2.6 kms, 26 press-ups or 26 minutes walking round the garden. It can be a sponsored activity, or a donation - £2.60 or £26, whatever is affordable - it all adds up and will make a difference to young people’s lives.
The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, and will last for a week. 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 and remember to stay local.
“For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year,” said Hugh Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon Events.
“One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. We hope that The 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th Race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities. Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before..”
The mass-participation events organisers behind The 2.6 Challenge are: Human Race, Parkrun, The Great Run Company, Run 4 Wales, Grounded Events, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport, Limelight Sports, Threshold Sports, Running High and London Marathon Events. The design and website has been created by Studio Republic and the social media campaign by LiveWire Sport. Both agencies are working pro bono. The campaign is supported by the Charities Aid Foundation, the Institute of Fundraising, the Small Charities Coalition, the Office for Civil Society, Sport England, Let’s Do This, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving.
For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk