Fight for Sight urges supporters to take on the 2.6 Challenge this weekend

20 April 20

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Róisín Treacy

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A boy wearing a superhero outfit.

Fight for Sight is calling on its supporters to take on the 2.6 Challenge this Sunday (April 26th) and raise money for eye research.

The 2.6 Challenge is a fundraising effort by the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events in the UK to take place on what would have been the 40th London Marathon. It aims to help the UK’s charities whose funding has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The London Marathon and countless other fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled as a result of Covid-19, which could potentially have a devastating impact on charities like Fight for Sight, who will not benefit from the government’s charity support package. Eye research was already woefully underfunded, with only one per cent of research funding going to this vital area, despite the fact that 20% of us will experience significant sight loss in our lifetime.

The 2.6 Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to get creative and do something fun to raise money for vital eye research, whether it’s running 2.6 miles, baking 26 cakes or climbing 26 stairs between 26 April - 3 May.

Chief Executive of Fight for Sight, Sherine Krause, said: “We are encouraging all our wonderful supporters to take part in the 2.6 Challenge this weekend. It’s important to remember that it’s not only frontline charities that the Government and society as a whole relies on. People with sight loss and eye conditions depend on charities like Fight for Sight to invest in vital research to find treatments and cures for their conditions, which otherwise would not be funded. We need our supporters now more than ever to help us to continue the eye research pipeline throughout the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.”

Join Team Fight for Sight in the 2.6 Challenge by following these easy steps:

1.      Dream up your 2.6 challenge - This could be anything you want, from walking 2.6 miles, running up the stairs 26 times or doing 26 cartwheels. You can choose to do anything you want to do.

2.      Head to the 2.6 Challenge website to donate £26 to Fight for Sight – or whatever you can afford.

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 or send us a picture!

The only requirement is that you follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

Take part in the 2.6 Challenge