In ordinary times you may have been training to take part in the London Marathon or any other event to raise money for Changing Lives, but just because we are in lockdown doesn’t mean that you can’t raise money for us!

This month we are one of many charities taking part in the #twopointsixchallenge. Led by the London Marathon, the 2.6 challenge, which will take place on 26th April, is asking participants to complete a challenge at home involving the number 2.6. Each individual taking part will be asked to raise or donate £26 to a UK charity, with the hope that this will ease some of the burden of the coronavirus crisis on the voluntary sector.

You can sign up the 2.6 Challenge here to fundraise and support Changing Lives – please note we are listed as The Cyrenians (this is our operational name)

If you would like to support our Covid Emergency appeal you can become a home hero and raise money for our cause by taking part in this challenge. Whether you are hopping, lapping, juggling or dancing (find 26 Ideas for challenges here), your donations will be critical in providing the support we desperately need to give to people accessing our services during the coronavirus pandemic.

We launched our Covid-19 Emergency Appeal to support our vital services during this challenging time. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis we have seen a huge increase in the demand for our services. In a crisis and times of uncertainty sadly the people that we support are severely impacted. That’s why we are working hard to continue our support services and provide extra help to people during this difficult period.

As well as keeping people in our accommodations safe, through the provision of gloves, masks and hand sanitiser, we will also be maintaining nourishment and providing meals to those who may not be able to leave their room during lockdown and access their usual means of income or food.

A £26 donation from someone taking part in the 2.6 challenge could help us provide a full day of meals for five people, for instance. Now, more than ever, this support is vital to ensure the best health of the people we support and prevent any outbreaks amongst staff and the people we are supporting.

If you want to know more about the 2.6 challenge please visit the official website at https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/

If you would like to take part in the 2.6 challenge and want to know about how you can support Changing Lives when taking part, please contact fundraising@changing-lives.org.uk for more information.

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