Charities across the UK encouraged their supporters to take on the 2.6 Challenge campaign over the weekend, in absence of the 40th edition of the London Marathon.
Organisers of the London Marathon created the 2.6 Challenge campaign, to help save UK’s charities, which are facing an estimated £4 billion shortfall. Challenges were encouraged to be based around the numbers 2.6 or 26, and should incorporate fundraising or donating to UK Charities.
We launched our own 2.6 Challenge, asking our supporters to run, walk or cycle part of the route of our city-wide Community Youth Clubs and Outdoor Activity Centres, a total of just over 26 miles.
We never anticipated however the support that this challenge would generate, leading our supporters to cover a total distance of just over 126 miles; both in Bristol and internationally.
On Sunday 26th April, we saw our supporters cover the distance five times; with families, dogs and even our President, former England rugby player Jonathan Webb MB ChB FRCS (Orth), getting involved.
Marathon runners who had hoped to travel to the London Marathon this year, took on the challenge virtually in Switzerland, and even runners in America took to Times Square and Central Park; showing their continued support for Young Bristol during this difficult time.
Young Bristol is one of Bristol’s leading youth charities, providing critical out-of-school services for children and young people in communities across the city. The charity offers a vital lifeline within local communities, providing young people with positive activities, support, advice and a place to go, often when they need it most.
Like many organisations across the UK, these have been challenging times for Young Bristol, having to rethink and adapt how we engage with the most vulnerable young people that we support. For many of our youth clubs, there is the uncertainty of whether they will reopen their doors after this crisis.
This is where the 2.6 Challenge has brought hope; not only bringing great exposure to the charity and our work, but also raising vital funds to allow Young Bristol to continue to support communities throughout this difficult time.
Money raised from the 2.6 Challenge will support Young Bristol to provide the most vulnerable young people that we support with vital creative, sports and educational packs, allowing them to gain access to important online resources, but also to keep them inspired whilst at home.
A big thank you from the Young Bristol team!