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 Leicestershire & Rutland.

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 Emmaus 2.6 challenge JustGiving page to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – or to set up a fundraising page. If you’d like to support your local Emmaus, please make sure you pop a mention of Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland in your donation message (or on your fundraising page itself, if you create one).
  3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  4. Complete your challenge
  5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on our Facebook page – 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 Leicestershire & Rutland and help to save the UK’s charities.

Thank you so much