What is the 2.6 Challenge and how can you get involved?
Sunday 26th April was the day the Virgin Money London Marathon was supposed to take place. But then coronavirus swept across the world and up-ended all our lives – and the marathon was postponed to October. As well as leaving a lot of runners disappointed, the postponement has left many charities with a serious gap in their funding.
The Virgin Money has recognised that without this annual boost many charities will struggle to keep going – particularly given that the pandemic has led to the cancellation of thousands of other fundraising events. On a much smaller scale than the London Marathon, but vital nevertheless, Lintel Trust has had to cancel it's main fundraising event - the annual golf tournament. This income, along with annual donations from business supporters, is what makes up our grant funding streams.
Sunday 26th April was the first day of the 2.6 Challenge, a simple, fun way for everyone to play their part in saving the UK’s charities and supporting their invaluable work.
While larger charities with marketing departments and an army of fundraisers have been able to launch high profile fundraising campaigns, small charities are facing a bleak future if they are unable to find funding elsewhere. A high number of these charities will not survive and we don't want Lintel Trust to be one of them.
Lintel Trust has been supporting housing association communities for 40 years and this is the first time we have ever had to suspend grant giving.
We are asking for your help - while we are not delivering frontline Coronavirus support, the projects we support are. When life finds it's new 'normal', social housing grassroots projects will be even more vital in helping people adjust to a new way of living.
Please help us continue supporting tenant groups, befriending services, digital participation activities and projects alleviating social isolation, particuarly for older people. Mental health is already being impacted negatively and many people are going to need additional support in the months and years to come. Our role is identifying those projects that have the most impact, enable participants to gain confidence and skills, provide advice and signposting to support these groups and help them evidence the difference they have made to their communities.
What We Are Asking
Lintel Trust is taking part in the challenge and has commited to sharing 26 positive housing association/co-operative stories via social media to celebrate our incredible housing sector.
Taking part is simple: you just need to set up a Virgin Money Giving page, think of a sponsored activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 that you can complete safely and and invite your friends, colleagues and family to donate. Lockdown means you will need to do this at home – or during your hour’s daily exercise, providing you can do so safely and within government guidelines.
For inspiration and to see what others are doing, visit the 2.6 Challenge inpsiration page
If you need to set up a fundraising page, you can do so in just a few minutes at virginmoneygiving.com – setting up a page is free and easy to do. Click the button on the right hand side to take you there.
Alternatively, you can make your donation directly to Lintel Trust using the 'Donate Button'.
In order to help get you started and include your children, Virgin Money Giving have produced this booklet of 26 fun ideas for family fundraising challenges. It also contains a poster you can print out, colour in and put in your window to show you’re taking part or that you’ve completed the challenge.
Family Fundraising Ideas
Thank you and best of luck with the 2.6 Challenge: let’s all be Housing Heroes!!