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!

Listening Ear’s Charity Ambassador Katarina Johnson-Thompson has already raised £2000 to help our services during the Covid-19 Pandemic!

£664 raised to date!


Megan Brady plans to walk 2.6 miles from her home to Green Lane and back.

David Robson plans to run 26 miles before the end of May.

Andy Mahoney and Luke Williams will be running 26 kilometres on Sunday 31 May 2020.

Andy and Luke

Although Luke is a diehard Everton fan and Andy’s a Red, Luke has agreed to compete in a full LFC kit – that’s got to be worth a donation!




Sammy Ashley plans to take a photograph of items beginning with all 26 letters of the alphabet from A-Z, whilst on a walk on Thursday 28 May 2020.


It’s a tough challenge – let’s hope she knows someone with a Xylophone!

Victoria Cawley plans to paint or draw 26 pieces of art in 2.6 days.


Completed Challenges

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.

26 loaves of bread









Thank You!

Many thanks to these supporters for their sponsorship of the above Challenges:

DeniseTomlinson, 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, Anonymous donors, Aileen Clibery, Wayne Malcolm, Rod Thompson, Carol Hodges, Deborah Dickinson.

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

Make Your Donation Here


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!