The top 25 mass participation sports events in the UK raise more than £150 million for charities every year and now hundreds of events have been delayed or postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Sunday 26 April should be the date of the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.

Now the UK’s mass participation event industry has come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign to Save the UK’s Charities.

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Anyone can get involved

The campaign is asking people to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 that suits your skills and complete it on Sunday April 26 – when the 40th London Marathon would have taken place.

This could be something as simple as pledging to run or ride 2.6 miles as your daily exercise, holding the plank for 2.6 minutes, to gardening for 26 minutes. It can be any activity as long as it follows Government guidelines!

Visit The 2.6 Challenge website

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You can do it at home

The #TwoPointSixChallenge is your chance to be a Home Hero and raise funds from your very own living room, bedroom, balcony or garden!

There are no rules – apart from the Government guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time. The main thing is to get active, have fun, pledge whatever you can to help or fundraise to save the UK’s charities.

Get involved and fundraise

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Donate to Save the UK's Charities

If you would like to give money to help save the UK’s charities, please donate into the central Save the UK’s Charities fund. Your money will be distributed by us, CAF, to all the charities and community groups that people are raising funds for in The 2.6 Challenge. This donation pot will be proportionately distributed to all the charities involved in the challenge.

CAF customer?

Donate to the 2.6 Challenge campaign from your CAF Account. Go to our Charity Search and enter 2.6 Challenge in the search box.

*Please note CAF will receive an administration fee of 0.8% on the monies distributed from the central Save the UK's Charities Fund. This fee will not apply to donations to the central fund made through a CAF Account.
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How charities can get involved

This is a great opportunity for charities to raise funds. The message to charities is simple: share The 2.6 Challenge with your supporters and get them involved! 

Toolkit for charities

To help you, the campaign has put together a toolkit of assets for you to use – from posters and social media frames, to newsletter copy and inspirational challenge ideas. We hope you find it useful! You can also download the charity FAQs and webinar presentation via the button below.

Download the toolkit and presentation


Find out more about how to get involved as well as information on how your supporters can support you in the FAQs for charities.

How businesses can get involved

Ask your staff and business partners to get involved in The 2.6 Challenge. You could also match fund your staff's fundraising or sponsor a celebrity's 2.6 Challenge.

Download the campaign toolkit