We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April to help to save the UK’s 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 to help to save the UK’s charities.

The 2.6 Challenge will launch 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’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support YMCA Fylde Coast here

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 ideas and options are endless!

The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

There are just five simple steps to take:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas here
  2. Head to our Just Giving page here to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to YMCA Fylde Coast or to set up a fundraising page
  3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  4. Complete your challenge
  5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #YMCATwoPointSixChallenge

If you’re setting yourself a challenge, why not ask your friends and family to sponsor you to achieve your goal? Tell your friends and family what you are planning to do and ask them to join in, or sponsor you to do so. Or if you don’t fancy a challenge, donating money would be a huge help.

£2.60 could pay for electric for the next 2 days or support purchase of sanitary ware, toiletries that we keep in supply for some of our young residents

£26 could make a food parcel to last 2 weeks or help us purchase additional clothes, towels and bedding

£260 could contribute towards additional equipment in our gyms and help towards assisting young people move on to independent living from our supported accommodation

Whatever you can manage will be a huge help. We can’t wait to see what activities you have in store for your #YMCAtwopointsixchallenge.

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, see the Campaign explainer or visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk

We hope you’ll join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge to support YMCA Fylde Coast and help to save the UK’s charities.