Fundraising events across the UK have been cancelled due to the current climate, which is having a devastating impact on charitable organisations. The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which was due to take place on 26th April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event which raises around £70 million for thousands of charities each year. Many of these charities have had to reduce or stop services at a time when vulnerable members of society need them most. It was for this reason that the 2.6 Challenge came to fruition. The nation-wide initiative, based on the date of the cancelled marathon, asked the nation to complete sponsored activities based on said number to try and recoup some of the funds for struggling organisations.

The response from NHSG girls was extremely positive, many of them finding unique ways to incorporate 2.6 or 26 into weird and wonderful activities. The success of the challenge prompted us to think of ways we could make it our own and raise funds for a local cause.

Food banks are working extremely hard to maintain resources for their communities at this time so we felt it would be entirely appropriate to support the Walker Emergency Food Appeal and help them meet the increasingly high demands of helping those facing financial hardship and uncertain futures. 2.5 seemed a fitting number for our challenge as there are 25 schools within the GDST family.

Once again, our school community rose to the challenge with gusto! Evidence of efforts from pupils, parents and staff alike flooded in and so did the kind and generous donations. A huge well done must go to Year 4 who raised a tremendous £300. The girls brainstormed ideas and came up with lots of suggestions for the challenge such as 2.5 hour bike rides and staying off their iPads for 2.5 hours (which the parents agreed would require some serious willpower and determination!). They set a group target of £250 and the girls were inspired to create a piece of word art that spelled out a message for the food bank. Before they knew it they had surpassed their goal and raised £300!

Because of the hard work of our community, we are delighted that we are already 45% of the way to meeting our fundraising target of £2500, which we hope to reach by the end of the Summer. Through the money we have raised and continue to raise, we hope to be able to make a small difference to those who need it most.

To check our progress and donate visit our JustGiving page here! 

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