Leukaemia UK, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of
fundraising events due to COVID-19. Leukaemia UK funds ground-breaking research and care for those affected by leukaemia and other blood cancers.

Leukaemia UK find themselves facing increased demand for their help and support at a time when fundraising is at an all time low. 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 cause and save the UK’s charities.

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.

 We are asking our supporters to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate.

“The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you,” says Nick Rusling, Co-Chair of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race. “You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like. We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”

“For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year,” said Hugh
Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon Events.

“One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. We hope that The 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th Race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities. Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before.”

Angela Smith-Morgan, co CEO at Leukaemia UK said: “Leukaemia and other blood cancers don't stop for coronavirus and our vital research and care must continue. Families affected are not only having to worry about blood cancer but now coronavirus too.

"We urgently need funding to continue with our vital work. We rely entirely on voluntary donations from the public and a substantial drop in income will put our ability to fund life-saving research and care at risk.

“We are delighted to be part of the 2.6 Challenge and welcome as many of our supporters to take part. Whether it’s dancing for 2.6 hours, baking 26 biscuits or walking for 2.6 hours – we are excited to see the imaginative ways our supporters will get involved.

“We extend our gratitude to the Mass Participants Sports Organisers group and their partners for coming together to support Leukaemia UK and all UK charities, who are supporting those in need during this unprecedented time.”

Find out more about our virtual events and challenges you can take part to support our cause from your home

We thank the mass-participation events organisers behind The 2.6 Challenge: Human Race, Parkrun, The Great Run Company, Run 4 Wales, Grounded Events, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport, Limelight Sports, Threshold Sports, Running High and London Marathon Events.