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UK’s mass participation event organisers unite to launch The 2.6 Challenge

26 April 2020

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Rovers fans will always have a special place in their hearts for the numbers 2 and 6 and now, by joining The 2.6 Challenge, the numbers can become even more important as fans of EFL clubs across the country fund raise at home in support of Mind.

April 26 2020 should have marked the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019 – with the impact of charity fundraising taking a huge hit, 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 save the UK’s charities: The 2.6 Challenge.

Thousands of fundraising events across the UK have been cancelled due to Covid-19 with a devastating impact on charity income that means many charities are facing closure. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) CEO Karl Wilding estimates that the UK charity sector will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the pandemic.

The EFL are asking football fans to join the campaign and help raise money for Mind. In these difficult times, their services are more valuable than ever. 

You don't have to be like Rovers fan Peter Cooper who ran a full marathon in the confines of his appartment. 

All fans have to do is think of an activity based around the number 2.6 or 26 and it can be anything from 26 laps of a balcony, running 2.6 miles or even 26 hops around your house. The only rule is to make sure it is at home or within the daily exercise guidelines. Be as creative as you can.

Find out how you can join The 2.6 Challenge by clicking here.

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