With money still coming in, the Trust are pleased to report that thanks to the generosity of so many people, we managed to raise over £10,000 through the Two Point Six Challenge on 26th April. The #twopointsixchallenge was created by the London Marathon and other mass participation events under the banner of 'Save our Charities' as the cancellation of these mass events massively hit the fundraising capabilities of all charities, including ours. 

On the day itself, our President, Dame Kelly Holmes hosted an online fitness class on Instagram, Twitter and Zoom to over two thousand people, taking everyone through 26 reps of 26 exercises. Kelly encouraged everyone who took part to make a donation to the Trust and it was amazing to see the doations flood in throughout the morning and later in the week. Kelly herself made a substantial donation which everyone working at the Trust was very grateful for. Macclesfield Academy raised £130 by taking part in the fiotness challenge and were rewarded by a special Instagram message from Kelly!

One of our charity partners, Stephensons Law in Bristol raised an amazing £1350 by encouraging all their staff to get involved and do a variety of challenges on the day. The individual amounts raised by their team were generously matched by the company to get up to that amazing  figure of £1350. The day was also all about getting involved and raising awareness of the charity sector, and the Stephenson Law fully embraced this by creating a brilliant video highlighting what everyone did on the day.





Sunday 26th also saw the launch of a new partnership for the Trust, this time with Chartwells UK. They kicked off their two point six challenge by encouraging all their colleagues to use food to write out 2.6, share images of their creations and donate £2.60 the to the Trust. At the time of writing on 5th May, they had raised over £1,000 which is amazing.

   

In terms of the team based at the Trust, our CEO, Ben Hilton led the way by cycling 260 miles on a borrowed turbo trainer in his house over three days, a very impressive feat for a non regular cyclist. He managed to raise an incredible £1500 on his own and and contributed also to the rest of the team's efforts that raised an additional £500+. The team here took on challenges such as walking 26,000 steps, doing 260 press ups in a day and teaching a dog to perform 26 tricks in a row and many more besides. You can see the finished video of how they got on here.

We have been blown away by the support of so many people, some of whom we only know as a name on a Just Giving page, who have gone out of their way to fundraise for the Trust at such a difficult time in everyone's lives. The money raised will go a long way to helping vulnerable young people facing disadvantage move into employment, become leaders, achieve in education and to improve their wellbeing. 

On behalf of everyone at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, THANK YOU.