The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on UK charities like Headway East Sussex with the cancellation of thousands of events and
the loss of billions in income. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together
to create a new campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, to help fundraising and save the UK’s charities.

Headway East Sussex alone has to raise £100,000 a year to continue serving people who live with a brain injury in towns and villages in East Sussex, Brighton and some parts of West Sussex. So as part of the nationwide 2.6 Challenge, the charity has launched its spring fundraising campaign Keeping in Touch, Staying Connected. The launch date was 26th April, the day of the now abandoned 40th London Marathon. 

To take part in the challenge, just dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. The activity could be anything – from riding a bike 2.6 miles or 26 miles, to creating your own 26-question quiz and asking people to donate to take part. 

You then set up your own fundraising page on the dedicated 2.6 Challenge,
Virgin Money Giving page: The page has a link to a downloadable Family Activity Pack which is full of ideas to set you dreaming. 

If you are inspired to give but not take part, just find a Keeping in Touch, Staying Connected challenge and support that – or simply donate on the Headway website.

The 2.6 Challenge will last one week and is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity should follow the government guidelines on exercise and social distancing, remembering to stay local.

In the meantime, the Headway team is keeping in touch, checking in on the wellbeing of every client and helping everyone to stay connected, especially those who live alone – which is why their fundraising appeal focuses on ‘keeping in touch and staying connected’. 

And to remind you what it’s all about, one client member, who was diagnosed with two brain tumours said: “When I’m at Headway I don’t have to explain and I don’t have to worry that the people I’m talking to are prejudging me. I feel welcomed, I feel loved. It’s a relief.”

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