The 2.6 Challenge

The #TwoPointSixChallenge is your chance to be a Home Hero and raise funds for Create from your very own living room, bedroom, balcony or garden! 

Anyone can take on the challenge. All you need to do is dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6, 26 or 260 that suits your skills and complete it on Sunday April 26 – when the 40th London Marathon would have taken place.

It could be something as simple as pledging to draw a self-portrait in 2.6 minutes, to running or riding 2.6 miles as your daily exercise.

Once you’ve picked your challenge you can make a donation to Create or fundraise for us by asking friends and family to sponsor you, as well as encouraging them to take on their own challenge!

What is the 2.6 Challenge?

The coronavirus has had a devastating effect on charities big and small, with the cancellation of key fundraising events, such as the London Marathon, which was due to take place on Sunday 26 April. Last year the event raised an incredible £66.4 million! In response, 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; this is the 2.6 Challenge.

This Sunday, on the day that the 40th London Marathon was due to take place, we are joining charities across the UK, and asking you to take on your own challenge, doing anything that you can think of based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. The only rule is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

There are no rules – apart from the Government guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time. The main thing is to get active, have fun, pledge or fundraise whatever you can to help Create continue providing a vital creative lifeline to the most vulnerable children and adults at this unprecedented time of increased anxiety and isolation.

Why fundraise for Create?

Since 2003, Create has been taking the power of creativity to vulnerable and marginalised children and adults across the UK. So many of our participants experience social isolation every day, from young carers unable to see school friends during the holidays, to older people with no family and no opportunities to interact and engage with others. This is why all of our projects are collaborative in nature, designed not only to build skills, but to build relationships and foster the development of peer support networks. No-one works alone, and our professional artists have extensive experience of delivering workshops in community settings, giving them the expertise to draw out and include even the shyest participants.

With the outbreak of the coronavirus, levels of anxiety across the country are rising for us all, and for many of Create’s participants the challenges they already face have been exacerbated. For example, a survey by Action for Children and Carers Trust found that 72% of young carers feel lonely during the school holidays; and 68% feel more worried and anxious during their time off school. With national school closers cutting them off from their friends for the foreseeable, as well as the fact that many of the loved ones they care for are likely to be part of a group particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, our work supporting young carers really never has been more important.

Lockdown has impacted my caring role a lot. When my parents have work calls I have to look after my brother." Create Live! participant 

So Create has faced a challenge; to protect vulnerable people and the NHS we must all socially isolate. But how do you respond when reducing isolation is one of your central aims? For the last few weeks the Create team have been working around the clock to make sure that we can be there for our participants when they need us most, and we’re delighted to have just announced the launch of Create Live! a new project concept using an online platform will deliver high quality, live, interactive, creative workshops with groups of participants that will be fun, build skills and reduce isolation. You can read more about Create Live! here.

We need your support in order to continue delivering programmes such as our newly designed project initiative, Create Live!, which is providing a vital creative lifeline to the most vulnerable children and adults in isolation. So please do get involved, choose your activity and help us raise vital funds!

How do I get involved? It’s easy! Just follow the five steps below:

  1. Dream up your challenge; you can find some creative ideas to help you below!
  2. Head to here to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to Create or to set up a fundraising page with a target of £260 – or your own goal.
  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 and remember to tag @createcharity so we can celebrate with you!

Here are some ideas for creative challenges from the Create team to help you get started:

  • Sketch a self-portrait in just 2.6 minutes!
  • Paint a picture of your favourite place, whether from memory or from a picture, and spend 26 minutes imagining your next visit there.
  • Do a dot painting, limiting yourself to 260 dots exactly.
  • Draw 26 rainbows and put the best ones in your window to show your support for the NHS.

What you do is totally down to you – it needn’t be creative, you could also run, walk, hula-hoop or hop. If you’re looking for more inspiration visit the 2.6 Challenge website for a great list of different ideas.

The Create team are here to answer your questions and support you every step of the way, so please do get in touch, or check out this fundraising pack for ideas and advice.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part! Below you can see a selection of the challenges undertaken for Create.