The 2.6 Challenge

What: A sponsored challenge around the numbers 2.6 or 26

Date: From Sunday 26th April

Location: Wherever you like

Entry fee: Free

Age: Open to all

Calling all home heroes!

We’ve never needed you more than we need you today and here’s a simple way to support your local hospice from home – join #TeamStGiles and create your own 2.6 Challenge!

The 2.6 Challenge is a national initiative designed to reduce the impact of so many vital fundraising events being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country – including the London Marathon – have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help save the UK’s charities, St Giles Hospice included!

From vital key workers, our community and even celebrities, Great Britain is joining together to fundraise from home and we want you to be a part of #TeamStGiles.

How to take part

We’re calling on you to join the nation and create your own fundraising challenge from home, around the numbers 2.6 or 26. This represents the 26 mile distance of the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event which was scheduled to take place on 26th April.

The event launches on what would be the London Marathon date, and while most people are taking on their challenge that day, you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

No matter your age or your fitness level, you can use your daily exercise or free time to fundraise for your local hospice. Some ideas for your 2.6 challenge include:

  • Cover 26 miles on your exercise bike

  • Juggle for 26 minutes

  • Bake 26 different cakes

  • Complete a training circuit in your garden featuring 26 different activities

  • Walk 2.6 miles around your lounge

  • And much more, as long as you follow social distancing guidelines!

Alternatively, for just £26, you could sign up to play our lottery for the next 26 weeks! Simply click ‘half yearly’ when signing up here.

If you choose to take on a 2.6 challenge, by raising sponsorship you will help St Giles to continue to provide our vital care services. Plus, you could earn yourself some St Giles goodies too!

You may also be interested in Miles 4 St Giles

We’ve created our own fundraising from home challenge called Miles 4 St Giles, where you can complete your walking, running or cycling challenge over 30 days. We’d love you to take on this too!

Get sponsored and get rewarded!

Each time you reach significant milestones in your fundraising journey, you will achieve new rewards. Whether you’re taking on The 2.6 Challenge as an adult or junior (16 and under), your rewards will build up and be posted to you on completion of your challenge, so be sure to keep us up to date with your progress. Our team is behind you all the way! Good luck!

NOTE: All rewards are achieved on an individual basis

Sign up and get fundraising

Once you have decided on your challenge, sign up by creating your fundraising page via JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. Click the logos below to join #TeamStGiles!

Promote your challenge!

Once your fundraising page is created, be sure to share your fundraising link with everyone you know. The easiest way to promote it is on social media and there is a host of 2.6 Challenge ready-to-use tools which you will receive by email. Remember to tag St Giles in your social posts and include #twopointsixchallenge so we can see how you’re getting on!

It takes a community to make a hospice and we’ve never needed you more than we need you today! Thank you.

We’ve never needed you more than we need you today.

We’ve recognised for a very long time that it takes a community to make a hospice and, in light of the current coronavirus outbreak, we’ve never needed you more than we need you today.

As a hospice we are experiencing a big increase in people needing palliative care at this time.

Our shops have had to close, our events are being cancelled and our income has almost dried up. We are now reliant on donations to continue our work.

We’re continuing to deliver care to some of the most vulnerable people in your local community, but it costs £850,000 every month just to keep our service going.

By taking part in the 2.6 Challenge and raising sponsorship, you will be helping to raise vital funds for Katie’s Appeal to allow us to continue our essential work.

We need you, our patients need you. Thank you so much.

Katie Taroni, Clinical Director