The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation 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 campaign to raise vital funds to help to save the UK’s charities.

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April, which should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

How it works:

We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support Emmaus Gloucestershire.

People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to flipping a pancake 26 times – the options are endless!

The only requirement is that you must follow government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

How to take part:

  1. Think of an idea for your 2.6 challenge
  2.  Go to the 2.6 challenge JustGiving page to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to Emmaus UK or to set up a fundraising page.
  3. Make sure to put ‘for Emmaus Gloucestershire’ in the ‘message to Emmaus’ box when donating or specify on your fundraising page. This will ensure the money is restricted to our community.
  4. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  5. Complete your challenge
  6. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge #TeamEmmaus – don’t forget to tag your friends and ask them to complete a challenge too

For further information on The 2.6 Challenge, and for more ideas about what your activity could be, visit

We hope you’ll join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge to support Emmaus Gloucestershire and help to save the UK’s charities.