Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity Joins the 2.6 Challenge

Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of all of our fundraising events due to COVID-19.  Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity provides a vital early intervention service for very young children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor impairment.  The need and demand for this Charity's service remains high although our ability to fundraise for it is at an all time low. 

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 our fundraising and save the UK's charities.  Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity is asking its supporters to get involved with this 2.6 Challenge and raise funds for this Charity.

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world's biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.  The challenge will last for a week. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

From Sunday 26 April 2020, we are asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by donating on our Just Giving page: https://twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=140226 or our Virgin Money Giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-portal/createFundraisingPage?charityId=1001126&eventId=35005

"Our service is a vital lifeline to the families we help and is provided free-of-charge to all of them. We have done our best to adapt in this crisis period and are now providing online support to our families as well as individual stretches and exercises that they can do with their children. The feedback we have had from our families about these new video sessions has been absolutely heart warming," says Pilar Cloud, the Charity's Executive Manager.        

The Charity does not receive any statutory funding and is entirely reliant upon donations from individuals, community groups, companies and trusts and foundations.  "We are also not eligible for any of the Government's Coronavirus Small Business Grants or Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the bulk of the announced Government funding for the charity sector is going to support frontline services," explained Pilar Cloud, its Executive Manager.  "So we need to ask our supporters to get involved with this 2.6 Challenge and help us to raise the funds to keep us going in this COVID-19 crisis."

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