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Are you, your family or your friends, up for helping us conquer The 2.6 Challenge? 

We need your support!

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events. Initial forecasts for us, at the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, indicate a financial loss of £700,000 over the next six months due to the coronavirus.

Similarly to thousands of other fundraising events, the Virgin Money London Marathon was cancelled. 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 our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon. The 2.6 Challenge is a fun and simple idea and anyone can get involved! It 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.

We need your help! We are asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and to try to raise funds for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity!

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

You can then fundraise or donate just £26 via on our Just Giving Page by clicking and nominate your friends and family to join in and to support your local hospice.If you would like more information, visit$=1640&o=1 or drop us an email at