Take on the 2.6 Challenge for Meningitis Now

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This Sunday, 26 April, thousands of eager fundraisers from across the world were set to run 26.2 miles in the 40th London Marathon – the world’s largest one-day annual fundraising event.

Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic means the race has been postponed until Sunday 4 October, when we hope that #TeamTangerine will be out again in force, raising much-needed funds to help us in the fight against meningitis.

In the meantime, the pandemic is having a devastating impact on charities, with the cancellation and postponement of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new collaborative campaign – the 2.6 Challenge. This will raise vital funds to help to save the UK’s charities and we’re excited to be part of it.

Lots of familiar #TeamTangerine faces are already taking part, for example our CEO, Dr Tom Nutt will be running 2.6 miles everyday for 10 days and the amazing 6 year-old Harmonie-Rose who lost her arms and legs to meningitis in 2015, will be marking the challenge by doing 6 things she thought she never be able to do 26 times– including  26 cartwheels, jumping 26 times and writing ‘Harmonie defies odds’ 26 times. Each of the 6 challenges marks a years of Harmonies’ young and inspirational life.  

Getting involved is easy. Simply create an activity of your choice as long as it based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. The #TwoPointSixChallenge is your chance to be a ‘Home Hero’ and raise funds from your very own living room, bedroom, balcony or garden. There really is no limit to what you can do, for example, why not climb 26 stairs, 26 times, spot 26 insects in the garden or spend 2.6 minutes juggling without dropping anything. Whatever you do, please make sure that you do it safely and inline with government guidance on exercise and social distancing.

It’s easy to setup a 2.6 Challenge online giving page using the links below. Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you – all of the funds you raise will come directly to Meningitis Now. 

Sign up for your 2.6 Challenge

If you would like to join in simply:

  • Create your own 2.6 Challenge. 
  • Set up a fundraising page using one of the links below
  • Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you
  • Or donate £26 or whatever you can afford
  • Complete your challenge between 26 April and 3 May and share a photo or video on social media using the tags: #TwoPointSixChallenge, #meningitisnow and #TeamTangerine

NB: For Virgin Money Giving this takes you to a sign-in screen first

If you have any questions or need any help with setting up a page, please contact our friendly team at events@meningitisnow.org.

The 2.6 Challenge for companies

Companies can take on the 2.6 challenge too

We would be delighted to welcome any companies wishing to take part too. You could take on a team virtual challenge, such as the whole team doing 26 star jumps and burpees via Zoom or each person could take on their own individual challenge. You can set up a team page using this Virgin Money Giving link and share any photos or videos on your company’s social media adding the tags: #TwoPointSixChallenge, #meningitisnow and #TeamTangerine to your posts so that we can cheer you on!

If you and your colleagues want to get involved, please get in touch with Sarah Ramsay, Partnerships Team Manager, on 01453 769066 or sarahr@meningitisnow.org.

Your fundraising really matters

How the money you raise will help save lives and rebuild futures

Our CEO, Dr Tom Nutt said: "Every penny raised will go a long way to help Meningitis Now protect people from meningitis and provide support for those who have experienced the disease. For example, £26 could fund an hour of our highly valued nurse-led helpline, or allow us to buy and share 1,000 signs and symptoms cards. Alternatively, £260 could pay for four hours of creative therapy to help a child affected by meningitis come to terms with what has happened and £2,000 could fund one our life saving research projects for a week. Please join me and other members of #TeamTangerine this Sunday in the fight against meningitis. We need your help now more than ever before."

By taking on The 2.6 Challenge, you are joining people across the UK to help save the nations’ charities in these unprecedented times. You will also be helping Meningitis Now to continue in its mission to save lives and rebuild futures.

For further information on The 2.6 Challenge, including a list of partners and supporters, and for more ideas about what your activity could be, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk.

Whatever you decide to do: Thank you and take care.