Like so many charities across the UK, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events due to COVID-19. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, launches this week with the main focus on Sunday 26 April 2020. This should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

Find out more about the challenge

On Sunday 26 April 2020, we are asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and either:

  • donate £2.60, £26 or whatever you can afford to Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
  • set up a fundraising page to share with friends, family and colleagues.


You can really can do anything on the day, as long as it has something to do with the numbers 2.6 or 26. So you could...

  • run 2.6 miles
  • skip 26 times non stop
  • dance for 26 minutes
  • bake 26 cupcakes
  • 26 Keepy Uppys
  • walk 2.6km
  • hold a 2.6 minute plank

The choice is yours! For more inspiration, check out what the team at the Trust are up to!

Whatever you do, we'd love to see a film of you doing it to encourage others to take part. You can post anytime between now and the 26th, please do tag us in on the platforms below so we can see your efforts!

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