The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities like Home-Start UK, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of fundraising income.

In response, the 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 to save the UK’s charities – The 2.6 Challenge!

What is The 2.6 Challenge?

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26th April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support Home-Start UK.

All you need to do to take part is think of a way to raise money, and click here to get started.

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People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless!

The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

How do I sign up to The 2.6 Challenge?

There are just five simple steps to take:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas here or click here to download an activity pack.
  2. Head to to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to Home-Start UK or to set up a fundraising page
  3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  4. Complete your challenge
  5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge and #AtHomeWithHomeStart, remember to tag us @homestartuk!

For further information on The 2.6 Challenge, including a list of partners and supporters, and for more ideas about what your activity could be, visit

How does The 2.6 Challenge support charities working with families?

Home-Start UK is helping Home-Starts across the country to deliver emergency food and essential goods, to families and to buy essential equipment to allow them to connect to their families and carry on support when they can’t meet face to face.

It means Home-Starts like the one in Trafford, Salford and Wigan can carry on supporting people like David*, a dad with complex health needs who has to self-isolate for 12 weeks.

When his isolation began David told Home-Start “I don't know what I am going to do. I can't let my child starve, I know they are looking after my health, but my child comes first”. Since then, Yasmin from Home-Start Trafford, Salford and Wigan, has provided regular reassurance and has managed to deliver him a food parcel. Yet Yasmin worries it is going to get increasingly difficult as time goes as David and his family live in a one bedroomed flat with no garden, so Yasmin will be also be supporting where she can with suggested activities to do in the home.

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