Covid-19 continues to have a devastating effect on the health and economy of our nation and YMCA Cheltenham, its staff and the vulnerable people we support are not immune to this. As we continue to provide increased levels of support to some of Gloucestershire's most vulnerable people we have seen our costs rise and our income fall.  

In response to this national emergency, 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 will launch on Sunday 26 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 YMCA Cheltenham via Virgin Money Giving.

People of all ages are taking part in 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!

How can I help raise money for YMCA Cheltenham?

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.

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
  2. Head to Virgin Money Giving to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford ­– to YMCA Cheltenham 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


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 twopointsixchallenge.co.uk

We hope you’ll join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge to support YMCA Cheltenham and help to save the UK’s charities.