On Sunday 26 April, we invited members of the Bromley High community to take part in The 2.6 Challenge to help save UK charities.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds for UK charities.
The 2.6 Challenge launched on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event. We asked our pupils and staff to take part in an activity of their choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support to a charity of their choice via www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk
People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The only requirement is that participants must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
Year 8 pupil Emma is running 2.6 miles every day with her family for 10 days to complete a marathon. She is fundraising for charity Living which supports local people who have had a loss in their family. Bromley High Physics teacher Mr Evans has been running the Couch to 5k programme, fundraising for the charity Refuge. Children of keyworkers, who are currently attending school, are running 2.6 laps of the 400m track or Astro pitch every morning. So far the Bromley High School community has raised an impressive £590 for UK charities.
For further information on The 2.6 Challenge, including a list of partners and supporters, and for more ideas about what your activity could be, visit www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk