Supporters step up for 2.6 Challenge

27 April 2020
Intrepid fundraisers have raised more than £11,000 for Martin House this weekend as part of the national 2.6 Challenge.

From running, walking and cycling to sponsored yoga, hula-hooping and car washing, dozens of supporters found creative ways to raise cash to help Martin House, to mark what should have been the 40th London Marathon on Sunday 26th April.

The challenge asked people to do an activity involving the numbers 2 and 6 to mark the 26.2 miles of the marathon, which is current rescheduled for Sunday 4th October.

It was created by the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country to help raise funds for charities hit by the coronavirus lockdown.

Among the many people who took part to support Martin House were Danny Tennant, who had been due to take part in the London Marathon for the hospice, who took to his bike instead and cycled the marathon distance.

Martin House mum Esme Westmoreland took on an epic 26 challenges – including running 2.6 miles, baking 26 cookies, doing a headstand for 26 seconds, 26 forward rolls and being sprayed by a hosepipe for 26 seconds – raised over £6,700.

She did the challenge in memory of her daughter Cecilia, who died aged one, in February.

Toby Lancaster, 12, who comes to Martin House for was sponsored to sit still and quietly for 2.6 minutes, and raised £1,000.

Other youngsters got involved, with six-year-old Finley Hubbard cycling 12.6 miles with his dad, while other young fundraisers carried out challenges like 26 somersaults around the garden, 26 minutes of yoga and 26 minutes of hula-hooping.

Families came up with ideas to do together, with Iain Edmondson and his sons washing 26 cars, and the Birch family each taking on a challenge, with siblings Bella working out for 26 minutes, Charlie hula-hooping and Poppy carrying an egg on a spoon, both while walking for 260 metres.

Beckie Wynne, director of income generation for Martin House, said: “We’ve been amazed with all the creative ways people have found to take part in the 2.6 Challenge for Martin House.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has joined in, and made such a huge difference to the babies, children and young people we support.”