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Sight loss charity Galloways throws down the gauntlet for The 2.6 Challenge

Posted on - 20th April, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Kid's stuff, Penwortham, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Galloways 2.6 Challenge

Charities have teamed up to create a fun challenge to take place on April 26 – the day of the cancelled London Marathon.

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Each year the marathon raises vital funds for charities across the country, but this year the major event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Among those taking part in the 2.6 Challenge is Penwortham’s sight loss charity Galloways.

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday April 26 – what should have
been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day
annual fundraising event.

The challenge will last for a week and is open to anyone of any age. The
only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government
guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

Galloway’s is asking people to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate £26.

To get involved follow this link and select either, ‘donate or fundraise’ on the Virgin Money Giving website. Then simply select Galloway’s as your chosen charity.

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Charlotte Carnell, Events Fundraiser at Galloway’s, said “This campaign
could really make a life changing difference to local people affected by
sight loss.

“This is a challenge that everyone can get involved with, at your own pace, in your own house or garden.

It doesn’t even need to be something active. You could flip a pancake 26 times, do a 26-minute sponsored silence or bake 26 cakes – the options are endless.

“All we ask is that you donate £26 to our challenge page, or you set up your
own page and have your own target to raise. Maybe you could you even
raise £260.”

Nick Rusling, Co-Chairman of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers
group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race, said: “The 2.6 Challenge can be
anything that works for you.

“You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like.

“We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”

Hugh Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon
Events, said: “For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London
Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year.

“One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. We hope that The 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th Race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their
chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities.

“Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before.”

Read more: Former soldier running 10k a day to raise funds for NHS staff at Royal Preston Hospital

For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk. 

For more information on how to support Galloway’s in the challenge, email charlotte.carnell@galloways.org.uk or call 07544 392359.

Galloway’s, which has sites in Penwortham, Chorley, Southport and
Morecambe, supports more than 7,000 blind and partially sighted people
across Sefton and Lancashire.

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Will you be taking part in The 2.6 Challenge? Let us know your ideas in the comments section.

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