A Wolverhampton charity is calling on its supporters to take part in a UK-wide fitness challenge.
Compton Care is urging people to sign up for the 2.6 Challenge which aims to get people to come up with activities to compensate for the cancellation of charity events across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2.6 Challenge hopes to inspire people to create their own athletic activities based around the numbers 2.6 or 26, which trigger donations from themselves or others. It has been launched by the organisers of some of the UK’s major mass-participation events to help charities plug an expected £4bn income shortfall and launches on Sunday April 26, marking what would have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.
Dawn Smith, Compton Care Events Fundraiser said: “We are extremely excited to be a part of such a huge campaign and hope that many of our supporters, including those who were due to take on the London Marathon, will sign up.
“We are facing such difficult times and are hoping the 2.6 challenge will give us the boost we need to keep Compton’s services going.
“The 2.6 challenge is open for anyone to take part in, whether it be shooting 26 hoops, flipping 26 pancake or running 2.6 miles. We want to encourage people to think of an activity based around the number 26 or 2.6.
“The challenge will last for one week and is open to anyone of any age. There are no rules, all we ask is that people follow the government guidelines on exercise and social distancing, remember to stay local and stay safe.”
Last week, bosses called on community support after a fall in donations. The Wolverhampton charity has played a key role in supporting the NHS as well as its own patients since the start of the crisis, bringing in a range of measures to ease pressure on hospitals.
Bed spaces have been increased by 30 per cent – with a section of one ward allocated to Covid-19 patients – and the charity has extended its remit to take in patients it would not usually deal with.
For more information about the 2.6 challenge and to sign up visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk or to donate to Compton’s appeal visit comptoncare.org.uk.