Take on the 2.6 challenge

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WHAT IS THE 2.6 CHALLENGE?

South London Cares had planned several half marathons, fun runs and abseils for its supporters to take part in throughout the spring. Sadly, because of COVID-19, these events have either been postponed or are no longer going ahead, causing us to lose vital income to make our activities possible.

To tackle this, South London Cares - along with hundreds of other charities across the UK - is taking part in the 2.6 Challenge and asking our supporters to fundraise by creating their own athletic activities based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. 

With your support, we want to raise over £3,000 in the coming weeks to keep our South London community connected.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

No need to be a marathon runner to take part – this is a challenge for all ages and abilities. Just get thinking of an activity-based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or from Sunday 26th April. 

It could be something as simple as running 2.6 miles, 26 minutes of yoga, or juggling for 26 minutes - or on second thoughts, maybe just 2.6 minutes! Check out this guide for more ideas and inspiration.

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You can create a video of your 2.6 challenge to share on social media, donate £26 to South London Cares and nominate friends and family to do the same. 

Or you can set up a fundraising page for your 2.6 challenge and ask friends and family to support you. 

And don’t worry if you’re not able to get out your house or flat for now. We’re not looking for superheroes - we’re looking for Home Heroes. 

There are no rules (apart from the Government guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time). Whatever you can do, you can be part of it – the main thing is getting active, having fun and donating whatever you can to help save the UK’s charities

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

  1. Click the button below 👇 to sign up & either set up a fundraising page or donate £26.

  2. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge 

  3. Complete your challenge 👊 and share on social media, tagging us and using the hashtag #SLCTwoPointsSixChallenge


HOW WILL MY FUNDRAISING HELP?

  • £26 could pay for the postage of 26 #AloneTogether activity packs - keeping our older neighbours connected during this difficult time.  

  • £52 could help match an older neighbour with a younger neighbour for a phone friendship.  

  • £104 could make a virtual social club possible, bringing together older and younger friends to share time from afar. 

Over the last four weeks, our team is working tirelessly to help older neighbours to have someone to turn to, and someone to talk to, during this emergency. Already hundreds of phone calls have helped us reassure older people across South London, to ask what people need, and to provide connection in a disconnecting time.

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We have already:

  • Called 384 older neighbours, to check in, catch up, and ask if they need any help or support 
  • Made 81 interventions following these calls for those who needed additional support with something (e.g. food deliveries, referrals to community partners, or support with financial, housing, social care or health issues). 
  • Sent out #AloneTogether activity packs to 1,064 older neighbours in Southwark and Lambeth, full of creative distratcions to pass the time! 
  • Set up 16 older neighbours on Zoom so they can enjoy our new Zoom social clubs! 
  • Hosted 5 Zoom social clubs, with a whopping 57 older and younger neighbours attending in total! These included chair yoga, quiz club and desert island discs! 
  • Transitioned our 70 Love Your Neighbour friendships to phone friendships (so they don’t miss out on catching up!’ 
  • Begun making matches for our new Phone-a-friend programme 
  • Worked collaboratively with our local partners to make sure that we have a strong understanding of provision at a local level 

Your support will help us to reach out and continue to support older neighbours across our patch over the coming weeks and months.

If you would like any more information, please email me at [email protected]

Jodie Goffe

Posted by Jodie Goffe on Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Jodie is the newest member of our Development team, who work to secure the all important funds that help South London Cares to deliver their programmes. You will find her cheering at marathons and bike rides, calling out raffle ticket prizes, and enthusiastically thanking all our wonderful donors. 

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