Since the launch of the 2.6 Challenge on the 26th April 2020 Tiny Tickers supporters from across the UK have come together to show their support for heart heroes. Together they raised an amazing £7,666.34.
Coronavirus has hit us all hard. It has temporarily changed our world as we know it, limiting our contact with loved ones and creating challenges at home and at work. However the Coronavirus doesn’t change the fact that a baby is born with a congenital heart defect every two hours in the UK. Much of what is normal in our lives may have shut down, but our cause has not closed.
Step forward the 2.6 Challenge, which encouraged people to get involved in all sorts of activities, from running to swimming, fancy dress and cocktail making, using the numbers two and six – in honour of the number of miles in a marathon.
Tiny Tickers was one of 3,961 charities to get behind the campaign and now, 17 days after the challenge began more than £7,666 has been raised to help babies with serious heart conditions.
From ten year old Susie who baked a 26 layer cake and little Alex who ran two lots of 26 laps of his garden, to our own CEO Jon who ran 2.6km every hour for 26 hours around his home, our amazing supporters got involved and got fundraising.
Hugh Brasher, co-chairman of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers (MSO) group and event director of London Marathon Events, described the achievement as ‘an extraordinary success story’.
He said: ‘We would like to thank everyone involved: the team that put the campaign together, the businesses and organisations that supported it, and, most of all, every single person who came up with a 2.6 Challenge and raised money for their chosen charity.’
Nick Rusling, co-chairman of MSO and chief executive of Human Race, added: ‘At a time when isolation is a real issue, the spirit behind the challenge has brought together families, streets, colleagues and friends.’