The 2.6 Challenge

From Sunday 26 April 2020

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Be part of something amazing, and help ensure children grow up in loving families where they belong. The #TwoPointSixChallenge is your chance to be a Home Hero and raise funds from your very own living room, bedroom, balcony or garden.

Calling all Home Heroes

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events and the loss of billions in income. The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event—raising more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019.

Our work on the ground has been impacted at a time when vulnerable children and families need us the most. As Hope and Homes for Children’s CEO Mark Waddington recently told our supporters, there are children for whom Coronavirus is not just a health crisis but a very real emergency: those in danger of being ignored, forgotten or, worse still, put at risk of lifelong consequences if we don’t act now.

Anyone can take on the challenge

All you need to do is dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 that suits your skills and complete it on or after Sunday 26 April—when the 40th London Marathon would have taken place.

This could be something as simple as pledging to run or ride 2.6 miles as your daily exercise, holding the plank for 2.6 minutes, to gardening for 26 minutes.

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The 2.6 Challenge: From 26 April