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2.6 Challenge - 2.6 Challenge

How people supported ACO charities in the 2.6 Challenge

Last weekend thousands joined the 2.6 Challenge, created by the London Marathon to help make up a shortfall in funds that were due to be raised for charity in the marathon cancelled on 26 April.

The 2.6 Challenge asked any charity and their supporters to get involved to raise funds by coming up with a challenge involving the numbers two and six that could be done while at home and social distancing.

Many ACO members and their supporters rose to the challenge and got involved in different ways. Below we have shared examples of how people joined the challenge to raise money for our member charities.  

The Queen's Nursing Institute

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen’s Nursing Institute, walked a marathon from home to raise funds for their charity. She posted updates of the challenge on Twitter over the course of the weekend.

Crystal raised nearly £9000 doing the challenge, which will go towards QNI’s new Listening Service to offer emotional support to nurses. Read more

Pharmacist Support

Past Chair of the Retired Pharmacists’ Group Ian Simpson donated £26, the cost of his usual haircut, to Pharmacist Support, and set up a JustGiving page to encourage others to do the same. Read more

Rainy Day Trust

Bryan Clover, CEO of the Rainy Day Trust, took part in the 2.6 Challenge by doing a socially distanced walk of the marathon, even managing to do helpful tasks along the way such as delivering an elderly couple’s prescription who were isolating. Read more

Help for Heroes

We saw some very adventurous 2.6 Challenges concocted from Help for Heroes’ supporters, from 2600 consecutive keepieuppies, taking over 21 minutes to complete, and a 2.6 mile hockey dribble, to a gaming marathon and doing 26 chaturangas (a type of yoga pose) in 2.6 minutes.

MND Association

Sally Light, CEO of MND Association, did two different challenges to raise money for their charity, a 2.62 mile run followed by 26 minutes of yoga.

MND Association also had one of the most creative fundraisers we had seen take part in the challenge, with Christopher James choosing to re-create 26 famous film scenes as his challenge.

Wimbledon Guild

The Wimbledon Park Junior Park Run took part in the challenge to raise funds for Wimbledon Guild by doing an alphabet challenge, doing a different workout for each letter.

The Soldiers’ Charity

The Soldiers’ Charity ambassador Rachel Webster ran 26.2 miles outside her building to raise over £1,700 for the charity. Read more


retailTRUST's team were challenged to either jog 26 minutes, 2.6 miles or run 26 seconds on the spot while encouraging others on social media to take part and tag the charity on their challenge.