The UK charity sector estimates it will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sunday, 26th April 2020, would have been the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.

Now the UK’s mass participation event industry has come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign to Save the UK’s Charities. 

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is one of many charities who have been impacted by the cancellation of fundraising events and activities, so we are joining in with the challenge to raise funds to protect wildlife and wild places in Wiltshire. Will you join our team?

All it involves is setting yourself a challenge involving the numbers 2 and 6, starting from Sunday 26th April. This could include:

  • Running/cycling for 26 minutes or 2.6 miles
  • Doing 26 different yoga poses in your garden
  • 26 minutes of skipping
  • Finding and drawing/photographing 26 species of wildlife in your garden and local area
  • 26 star jumps
  • 26 keepie uppies
  • Hula hoop 26 times
  • Plank for 2.6 minutes
  • Juggle for 26 minutes
  • Do some gardening for 26 minutes

More ideas can be found here.

For inspiration and to join in, staff at the Trust have already started the challenge as part of team Go Wild For Wiltshire! Debbie Bentley has set herself 3 challenges a day over 8 days, plus 2 bonus challenges at the end, the final challenge being letting her husband cut 2.6 inches off her hair! The first 25 donors will get to set the challenges! Ellie Dodson has also set herself the challenge of doing a fitness challenge every day for 8 days, such as 26 jumping squats, 26 sit-ups and a 2.6 minute plank!

Donate or join the Go Wild For Wiltshire team here

If you wish to fundraise by doing your own 2.6 challenge, you can sign up by clicking the button below. The 6 easy steps are:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 Challenge
  2. Choose Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as your chosen charity
  3. Set up your fundraising page on JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving
  4. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you
  5. Complete your 2.6 challenge!
  6. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge, (don’t forget to tag us with @wiltswild too!)

Sign up for the 2.6 challenge!