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Take on the 2.6 Challenge to help to save the UK’s charities

April 23rd, 2020

A message from the Royal British Legion (RBL):

“During the Covid-19 outbreak, the safety and well-being of the elderly and most vulnerable in our community is our highest priority. The support and services provided by our care homes have never been more important. Over 750 dedicated staff within our six Legion care homes are going above and beyond to keep our homes safe and happy for our residents.

“With the London Marathon and many other fundraising events cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re asking our supporters to help us in a new way and take part in the 2.6 Challenge on behalf of The Royal British Legion.

“From Sunday 26 April people across the UK will be taking on The 2.6 Challenge – a nationwide event, launching on the date the London Marathon should have taken place, raising funds to help the UK’s charities. “We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and to raise vital funds to support work in our care homes and with the vulnerable in our communities.”

Here are the RBL’s suggestions for ways in which we can help:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – knit 26 poppies, walk 2.6 miles, flip 26 beer mats, write a 26-line poem, learn Morse code or semaphore for the 26 letters of the alphabet, do sit-ups for 2.6 minutes
  2. Head to the 2.6 Challenge on JustGiving to set up a fundraising page
  3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  4. Complete your challenge between 26-30 April (or at a time that suits you) – remember to follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing
  5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge

If the challenge isn’t your thing but you’d like to help, you can donate £26, or whatever you can afford. Click here to donate.

Now more than ever it is crucial that those who have served and sacrificed for us are looked after. The RBL is asking all those who can to take part in the 2.6 Challenge and support its vital work providing 450 veterans and their dependants with much-needed residential, nursing and specialist dementia care.

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