2.6 Challenge: How YOU can help charities in Wiltshire and Hampshire

2.6 Challenge: How YOU can help charities in Wiltshire and Hampshire

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 7:23am 26th April 2020.

3 minute read

Now's your chance to get creative and raise vital funds for your favourite charity during lockdown.

Today would have seen thousands of people taking to the streets of our capital to complete the 40th London Marathon.

The event's postponement due to Covid-19 means many charities will miss out on vital fundraising.

Last year's London Marathon has a whole raised more than £66m.

To help boost charities the 2.6 Challenge was set up.

The idea is get creative with the numbers 2.6 or 26 (the miles in a marathon).

It could be running 2.6 km, bouncing on the trampoline for 26 minutes or getting 26 friends together for an online work out - basically anything goes!


One man from Ludgershall is getting creative to raise funds for Salisbury Dogs Trust.

For the next 26 days Shaun Wildgoose will don a dog suit doing as much as he can whilst wearing it! 

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Shuan Wildgoose will be wearing this dog costume for 26 days.

"I have chosen Dogs Trust as I have always been brought up with Dogs since I was a kid and loved having them around, and when we lost our Dog in Germany before we came back to the UK after a break and knowing that i could not stay away from having a dog that's when the Dogs trust helped me, so I'm hoping to help them."


David Woollatt who works for Salisbury Hospice Charity is running 2.6km around this living room wearing a superhero costume donated by his young son!

The charity aims to raise £1.5m each year to help car for the 1,000 patients and family

You can support him on his JustGiving page.

Yesterday Lee Syrett ran 26 laps around Salisbury Cathedral, also to raise money for Salisbury Hospice Charity.

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Lee Syrett already has his loopy marathon in the bag!


Children's Hospice Naomi House and Jacks Place is among the charities hoping to benefit.

Keith Wilson, Head of Marketing at the hospice charity, said:

"The 2.6 Challenge is a brilliant national campaign, and by supporting Naomi House & Jacksplace, people can make a huge difference to the lives of life limited children and young adults, as well as helping us while we support our friends and colleagues in the NHS."


Meanwhile Wiltshire Wildlife trust are encouraging people to join the 'Go Wild for Wiltshire' team challenge via their Just Giving page

Fundraiser Debbie Bentley is leading the challenge by signing up to complete 26 challenges, at the end she's going to let her husband cut 2.6 inches off her hair! 

"I could never do a marathon, ever. But the 2.6 challenge looks great. It can be as simple or challenging as suits you. There are so many ideas. I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing, but I hope the challenges will be fun and put a smile on people's faces during this extraordinary time." 


A host of celebrities have been supporting the initiative including Jonny Wilkinson, Shane Warne and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

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