Street League, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events due to Coronavirus. This week, staff and supporters across the UK took on incredible challenges as part of the 2.6 Challenge campaign to raise funds to support our vital work .

The 2.6 Challenge launched on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon - as a national campaign to save the UK's charities during the Coronavirus crisis. The 2.6 Challenge asks people to take on a challenge around the number 2.6 or 26 - run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like. The idea is to get people active, having fun and raising money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for a charity close to their heart.

Street League’s Managing Director, Lindsey MacDonald, completed an impressive 26 consecutive hours on a treadmill this weekend, in her kitchen, to raise funds for Street League and Well Grounded – two incredible youth development organisations.

Lindsey’s challenge began at 8am Saturday morning, and ended at 11am on Sunday 26th. She had strict rules set by her family, including a minimum pace of 2.6km/ph and only one hour of breaks in total across the challenge. An hour by hour tracker allowed her to plan her calorie and water intake to avoid the very high risk of dehydration, and scheduled video calls with family and friends around the world motivated her throughout the night. This was an epic undertaking and required careful thought and planning.

Lindsey celebrated finishing her challenge with a glass of wine, a cuddle with her dog, and cool-down stretches.

Other supporters took on amazing challenges including running 26 miles over 6 days, 2,600 press ups, 260 laps of the garden and baking a delicious 26-layer cake.

The government lockdown will hit young workers the hardest. Employees aged under 25 were about two and a half times as likely to work in a sector that is now shut down as other employees. Street League’s focus is to reduce the devastating impact of the Coronavirus crisis on vulnerable young people, like Leigh, below, and help them to navigate this uncertainty as effectively as possible.

Thank you so much to everyone who has taken on a challenge to support young people into work. So far over £6,000 has been raised for Street League. 

If you have any questions at all, or would like to share your amazing challenge idea, please contact [email protected] You can set up your own 2.6 Challenge at twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com.