The 2.6 Challenge
Sunday 26 April should be the date of the London Marathon but due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic thousands of fundraising events have been cancelled.
So in a bid to try and save UK charities the events industry has come together and created the 2.6 challenge campaign which kicks off on 26th April 2020. The goal of this amazing campaign is to raise £67 million for UK charities by the end of April.
Simply put, we’re asking you to fundraise or donate with an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.
Any funds you raise or donations you make for Happy Days in April through our unique 2.6 Justgiving page will be match funded by The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) through a nationwide general collection pot.
So your £10 could turn into £15, £20 or even more, helping Happy Days and other charities to continue vital support work.
Whether you walk 2.6 miles every day for 10 days, do 26 minutes of walking or jogging or donate £2.60 - do something your way and help make a difference!
The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.
We’ve included some fundraising suggestions and downloadable resources below but however you can help, we'd be so grateful for your support.
However you raise your funds, just be sure to make your donations here to maximise your support for us.
If you need any help or support or have any questions, please give Rob a call on 07725 618982 and we'll do our best to help. Thank you so much!
* See below for more information about our Happy Days Healing Days
Some fundraising ideas...
About Happy Days Healing Days
As our regular supporters and beneficiaries will probably already know, Happy Days Children's Charity has been funding and arranging special days and memorable activities for children with physical, mental and emotional challenges for almost 30 years.
With your help, we were able to support almost 25,000 children with additional needs last year, removing barriers to give them a chance to get out, make new friends, develop new skills and build confidence in the face of adversity.
The affects of the recent coronavirus pandemic have been profound, but even more so on families that were already struggling with the everyday challenges of looking after a child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
How We're Trying to Help
Clearly owing to the current circumstances, there are a limited amount of activities that we're able to run at this time but we still have families contacting us who are stuggling to cope and who are looking for support when things begin to return to normal. However as things drag on and more people are being affected, requests for help are increasing at a worrying rate. Our experience of the financial crash in 2008 was that within 6 months, we were inundated with families needing help.
With this in mind we have decided to set up a specific Happy Days Healing Days fund, which will be prioritising special days for children with SEND who have been further impacted by the coronavirus, including:
Children who have suffered with coronavirus
Children who have lost a parent, grandparent, brother or sister
Families that have been impacted financially through the loss of employment or other circumstances
Children whose mental health has been impacted as a result of the pandemic
Whilst we can't heal the damage that has been done, we're going to try and help families on the road to recovery as best we can. We're already talking to parents, making arrangements and giving families vital hope and something to look forward to at a difficult time.
So if you feel you can help, in whatever way you can, do get in touch by calling Rob on 07725 618982 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org