Submitted by Steve on 11:46, 21st Apr, 2020 | 0

Raise funds or dontae to the 2.6 Challenge for the GSPCA by signing up here -

Organisers of mass-participation events across the country have launched a new virtual fundraiser to support UK charities during the Covid-19 crisis.

The 2.6 Challenge aims to raise £67m by the end of April and is using the strapline “save the UK's charities”. The central day of the campaign will be 26 April, when the London Marathon was scheduled to take place. 

Last year the marathon raised £66.4m for charity. This year’s event has been postponed to October due to Covid-19.

As part of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers (MSO) group, London Marathon Events has announced a virtual fundraiser to support charities instead. The public is being asked to take part in a 2.6 Challenge by running, walking or doing any other physical activity as long as it complies with social distancing guidelines, while donating or fundraising for a charity of their choice.

In order to reach the target, 2.6 million people would need to raise or donate £26 each, or 260,000 people would need to generate £260 each.

Charities have been encouraged to get on board with the campaign and ask their supporters to take part. Organisers have provided a marketing toolkit to make it easier for them to promote the initiative to their supporters.

Today the GSPCA has signed up and you can easily donate or join in by going to

Organisers said sports bodies and celebrities will also be supporting the campaign, including former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss.

Funds will be raised through the Virgin Money Giving and Just Giving platforms, which are both partners in the event. People can choose between donating to a specific charity or donating to a central pot managed by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

Funds from the central pot will be distributed to all participating charities, based on how much each has raised independently.

‘As inclusive as possible’

Organisers said the challenge is not just for runners or athletes, but can work for anyone.

Nick Rusling, co-chair of MSO and chief executive of Human Race, said: “The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you. You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like.

“We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”

Conservative figures from NCVO estimate that the sector will lose more than £4bn in 12 weeks due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Organisers said that while they are conscious that the fundraiser will not “save” UK charities by itself, they are hoping it will strongly convey the message to the public that charities need support.

Hugh Brasher, event director at London Marathon Events, said: “The work that you [charities] do is so important to society. We are well aware of the huge issues the sector is facing at the moment and we really want to try and help.

“The London Marathon is the largest one-day annual fundraising event in the world, and normally on 26 April thousands of charities would be benefiting, over £66m would be raised and there would be so many positive stories.

“We are trying to make it as inclusive as possible, for charities of whatever size. Everyone can get involved.

“It really starts to build the conversation that Britain needs to understand the importance of the work that you do – that you do now, that you have done previously and that you will be doing in the future.”

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Today the GSPCA have signed up for the 2.6 Challenge and what a great way to help raise funds for good causes and support charities.”

“We have had many amazing supporters run the London Marathon and other communal events to help raise funds for the GSPCA and this is a great way we can all get involved with something to save our charities.”

“To support the GSPCA by donating or making your own fund raising page please visit .”

“We launched our #GSPCACoronavirusCrisisAppeal as without boarding, charity shops and events it has become a real struggle to raise the £2000 a day to carry out our 24/7 work helping animals and our community.”

“We cannot thank those enough that have already helped or donated to the GSPCA it is hugely appreciated.”

The campaign is supported by the Charities Aid Foundation, the Institute of Fundraising, the Small Charities Coalition, the Office for Civil Society, Sport England, sportscotland, Sport Wales, Let’s Do This, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving.

In line with States of Guernsey advice please DO NOT visit the GSPCA if you are over 65, have an underlying health condition or have any symptoms of Coronavirus and only visit us if your visit is essential but before doing so please call us on 01481 257261 or email [email protected] before your trip to the GSPCA to see if we can help without you coming to the Shelter. For the latest information and advice please visit

With huge challenges on our resources and a drop in income from boarding and donations please help us help animals in Guernsey with our #GuernseyCoronavirusCrisisAppeal by donating online via -

During these difficult times help us help animals in need. From donating to Sponsoring a Pen, Buying a Brick for the much needed Wildlife Hospital to our Amazon and main page Wish List, holding a mufti day to a sponsored Christmas dip, here are some of the ways you could help give animals joy.

For lots more ideas on how you can support the shelter and the animals in our care then please visit our fundraising page

To see a list of our volunteer induction evenings which we hold each month and for more information please visit or call 257261

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