Take part in the 2.6 challenge

WHAT IS THE 2.6 CHALLENGE?

Liverpool 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.

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To tackle this, Liverpool 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 Liverpool community connected.

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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 April 26. 

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.

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.

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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 #TwoPointsSixChallenge

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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 Liverpool, to ask what people need, and to provide connection in a disconnecting time.

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We have already:

Called 187 older neighbours, to check-in, catch up, and ask if they need any help or support          

Made 100 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).    

Created #AloneTogether, daily activity packs to 800+ older and younger neighbours in Liverpool, full of creative distractions to pass the time!              

Hosted 6 Zoom social clubs, with a whopping 15 older and younger neighbours attending in total! These include show and tell, quiz club and desert island discs!       

Begun making matches for our new Phone-a-friend programme.

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

If you’d like any more information, please email us below.

Rachael Forde

Posted by Rachael Forde on Tuesday 21st April 2020

Rachael is the Development Coordinator at Liverpool Cares.

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