A CHARITY based in Bromsgrove – The Rainy Day Trust – has joined the 2.6 Challenge which has been set up to replace the London Marathon as a fund-raiser.
The annual road run around the capital usually generates £65million for small and medium-sized charities like the Trust but with its cancellation due to coronavirus that funding will not be raised this year.
So the organisers have put together the #TwoPointSixChallenge which is aimed at getting 2.6million people raising at least £26 each, starting on April 26 – the day the marathon was due to take place.
People are urged to come up with their own fund-raising challenges with the only stipulation being that they somehow incorporate the numbers 26, 2 or 6, whether that be hopping 2.6km, eat 26 cream crackers, cycle 26km.
The Rainy Day Trust helps people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry.
It provides financial support, assistance with training and learning new skills and through addressing fuel poverty by paying utility bills and funding essential household maintenance, paying for mobility equipment and its installation and more.
It is aimed at helping people get back on their feet.
Three people who will be using their feet to take on fund-raising challenges for the trust are CEO Bryan Clover, chairman Peter Stone and office manager Roz, all based at the Bromsgrove office.
Lifelong Bristol Rovers fan Peter is re-enacting the highlights of his team’s Watney Cup victory against Sheffield United. He will be in his full Rovers kit and taking on Canine United (his three dogs) in his back garden.
His wife will referee the match and the pictures of the highlights will be posted on Facebook.
Brian will be hiking the equivalent of a marathon – 26.2miles – over the coming days. He has already started his quest and has been managing five or six miles a day.
And Roz will be taking on 26 exercises or exercise classes within 26 hours for the cause.
As an additional benefit, The Rainy Day Trust will receive a proportion of a central pot of money that is raised by Virgin Money Giving and Just Giving platforms.
The bigger the amount raised for the trust, the bigger the pot of additional money to go to the trust.
Roz’s fund-raising page is here.
Visit twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com/fundraise to set up an event.
Fund-raising at the moment is incredibly tough, so every pound the trust can raise will make a real difference and quite literally help keep it afloat.