Take the 2.6 Challenge for Listening Ear!
What is the 2.6 Challenge?
Many UK charity fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst we hope many of these will go ahead at a later date, the impact on charities like Listening Ear will still be significant.
In response, organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events have joined together to create the 2.6 Challenge to raise vital funds to help the UK’s charities in these difficult times.
We need you to be part of our team!
How do I get involved?
There’s no need to be a super athlete to take part – this is a challenge for all ages, all abilities and all interests.
Just get thinking of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or after Sunday April 26 (the date of the 2020 London Marathon).
Have a look at our Challenge Inspiration list below and see what YOU can do!
Share your inspiration with family & friends so they can sponsor you.
Whatever you can do, you can be part of it – the main thing is getting active, having fun and donating whatever you can to help save the UK’s charities (but do remember the Government guidelines on how to exercise safely during this period).
You can celebrate your success by sharing photos and videos using #TwoPointSixChallenge. Don’t forget to tag @_ListeningEar so we can see what you’re getting up to!
If you don’t think doing a challenge is for you, why not donate £26 (or any amount you’d like) instead?
See below for some fun ideas of how you, along with your friends and family, can participate in the 2.6 Challenge and raise money for Listening Ear.
Make Your Donation Here
£6291 raised to date
Victoria Cawley painted or drew 26 pieces of art in 2.6 days.
She started her challenge on 30 June and completed it on Thursday 2 July 2020!
Paul Etherington baked 26 loaves of bread in one day on Saturday 16 May 2020.
He spent two weeks assembling enough flour and yeast for the mega baking session and it took from 9.30am until 4pm to complete the task – “about as long as it would take me to run 26 km!” he said.
Megan Brady walked 2.6 miles from her home to Green Lane and back, starting at 8.26pm on 26 May 2020.
Megan completed her challenge after 6,907 steps, just as the sun was setting on Green Lane!
Sammy Ashley took photographs of items beginning with all 26 letters of the alphabet from A-Z, whilst on a walk on Thursday 28 May 2020.
‘X’ was the trickiest to find, she said!
Andy Mahoney and Luke Williams completed a 26 kilometre run on Sunday 31 May 2020.
Although Luke is a diehard Everton fan and Andy’s a Red, Luke agreed to compete in a full LFC kit.
David Robson ran 26 miles over the course of three weeks in May.
Julie Wright plans to complete 2.6 Insanity fitness classes.
MANY THANKS to these supporters (and others who wished to remain anonymous) for their sponsorship of the above Challenges:
Denise Tomlinson, Duncan Allender, Colin Etherington, Mavis Chapman, John Chapman, Chloe Chapman, Nick Broadhead, Erin Louise Tilley, Norma O’Hara, David Reid, Richard Emery, Michael Hargreave Mawson, Ron Graves, Richard Emery, Mick Walbank, Richard H Morley, Adrian Littlejohn, Lorna Galea, Laura Powell, Colin Manley, Dan Bishop, Anne Ardern, Ann Farrell, Nicky Paulett, Rhiann Armstrong, Roy Goulden, Katy Eldridge, Hayley Barro, Tommy Batty, Gareth McNally, Aileen Clibery, Wayne Malcolm, Rod Thompson, Carol Hodges, Deborah Dickinson, Hayley Richmond, Gareth Wynn, Sue & Dave Knight, Debbie & Ian Brennan, Tina Mahoney, Lai Chung, Karl Mclaren, Jodie Mahoney, Janet Fleming,
With your family
• Walk 2.6km inside your house or in your garden
• Bake 26 cupcakes
• Draw 26 rainbows
• Walk up and down the stairs 26 times
• Camp out in your garden for 26 hours
• Sponsored silence for 26 minutes (or 26 hours if you’re really good!)
On your own
• Read 26 books
• Donate £26
• Learn to count to 26 in a different language
• Run 2.6 miles
• Challenge yourself to 26 press-ups
How your 2.6 Challenge will help
The money you raise could change someone’s life forever. It could help provide counselling to a child who has lost a parent or sibling, or help someone come to terms with a suicide in their family. It could support a child whose parents are separated, or someone who has lost their job and is finding it difficult to cope emotionally.
As a counselling charity, Listening Ear works with children, young people and adults who have experienced bereavement, separation or loss. Last year, we helped 2000 people, and the coronavirus pandemic means our services will be needed more now than ever before.
Our work to support people’s emotional wellbeing creates lasting change as well as addressing people’s immediate needs.
Your support makes this possible. Thank you for your help!