Sunday 26th April should’ve been the day we took to the streets with thousands of others to cheer on our incredible #TeamShootingStar runners at the London Marathon. Instead, we and thousands of other UK charities, find ourselves struggling to survive as we face a huge loss in income. So to mark what would have been the London Marathon, one of our single biggest fundraisers, we’re asking you to join the nation and take on the 2.6 Challenge!

The conventional ways of taking on a challenge and fundraising may not be possible right now, however that just means you can be even more creative with how you fundraise for us!

The only caveat with the 2.6 Challenge is it needs to be based around the number 2 and 6, and with a host of activities possible it may be tricky deciding what you’d like to do!

You could run 2.6 miles, climb the stairs 26 times, read 26 pages of a book, do 26 star jumps, cartwheels or laps in your garden, bake 26 star cookies or do a 26 hour sponsored silence! The ideas and options are endless, the only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

The 2.6 Challenge starts on Sunday 26th April, although you can take on your 2.6 Challenge whenever is convenient to you. There are five simple steps to take to get started:

1. Dream up your 2.6 Challenge. There are lots of ideas here.
2. Head to twopointsixchallenge.co.uk to donate £26 (or whatever you can afford) OR to set up your fundraising page for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
3. Ask all of 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 @sschospice and tag #TwoPointSixChallenge.

Sign up now to help us continue to be there for children with life-limiting conditions.