Swindon-based charity, Youth Adventure Trust is calling on all Swindon and Wiltshire business super heroes to join the 2.6 challenge and help raise funds to support local vulnerable children throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
This Sunday 26th April (the planned day for the London Marathon) a national initiative designed to support all charities will be taking place. Just dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 that suits your skills and complete it between Sunday 26 April and Friday 1st May. It could be flipping 26 pancakes, running 2.6 or 26 miles, a family household silence for 26 minutes (or 26 hours).
Louise Balaam, Director of Fundraising, Youth Adventure Trust, said, “Life in lockdown is difficult for everyone. Even more so for the 190 vulnerable young people we are currently working with who, in normal circumstances face difficulties, challenges and stresses, and may live in potentially harmful or disadvantaged environments. The additional emotional, practical and financial pressures on them and their families means they will need our support more than ever.
“All too often the young people feel let down by their parents, their schools, their friends; they trust us to support them and be there for them – we simply can’t allow Covid-19 to mean that we let them down as well. So, we have introduced a one to one online mentoring scheme to help these young people whilst we are not able to run our usual programme of camps and activity days.
“On average it costs £65 to support one young person for a fortnight. Every penny raised by The 2.6 Challenge will go towards the cost of running our mentoring scheme – the more money we raise, the more young people we can help. Find out more here.”
To sign up to the challenge and support Youth Adventure Trust visit: www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk/support-us/how-to-support-us/twopointsixchallenge/