Join South Yorkshire youth homeless charity Roundabout and make a very special fundraising date for your diary.

April 26 – which would have been the date of the 2020 London Marathon, one of the year’s biggest charity fundraising events – has been named the day that the nation rises to the challenge of generating much needed funding for charities across the country that have been left struggling to maintain their services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2.6 Challenge will see people maintaining their social distance but still doing their bit for great causes.

They might be running around the balcony for 2.6 miles, flipping a pancake 26 times, doing 26 press ups with the dog on their back or bench pressing 26 kilos with the grandchildren – anything so long as it is safe and adheres to government guidelines on healthy exercise.

Through both donations and fundraising efforts, the campaign aims to raise £67 million by the end of April – with Roundabout one of the charities taking part.

Roundabout aims to support and empower young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to learn the necessary skills they need to become independent.

“Along with so many charities, we have been seriously affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with plans for fundraising events like our 2020 Bangers and Cash car rally now being put back to 2021,” said Roundabout Chief Executive Ben Keegan.

“But the work we do with vulnerable young people in South Yorkshire has to continue and that’s why we need the public’s support in getting behind the 2.6 Challenge.

“You’d be surprised just how many fun challenges you can set yourself without having to leave your own house and garden.

“We want everybody to be safe and to stay at home but at the same time we know our supporters will come up with some great ideas.

“Just in case anybody is running low on inspiration, though, we have also created the Roundabout A-Z list of fun challenges for the whole family, suitable for all ages, and including active challenges and creative experiences which will bring out the child in us all!

“In the spirit of the whole event, that’s 26 activities using the 26 letters of the alphabet – enough to keep the whole family occupied for the day…or longer!

“And don’t forget to film and photograph whatever you’re doing so we can all share the fun!”

To take part in the campaign or for more on Roundabout and its A-Z list of 26 challenges simply visit roundabouthomeless.org

 

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