Seashell Trust calls on supporters to join The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April

Seashell Trust, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events due to Covid-19.

In response, 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.

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th edition of the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.

From Sunday 26 April, we’re asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by creating a 2.6 Challenge fundraising page or donate to Seashell Trust on Virgin Money Giving 

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.

‘The beauty of this is that it is so inclusive – you can do anything you like from learning the 26 letters of the alphabet in sign language to clocking up 2600 steps around the house every day’ said Wendy Bray, Fundraising Manager at Seashell Trust.

Seashell Trust continue to support our very vulnerable children and young people and their families throughout the crisis. It can be especially frightening and isolating having a child with complex needs during this pandemic and we are re-modelling our services to keep everyone safe and well supported so donations are particularly crucial to us right now.’

For more information or help with ideas for fundraising, contact or call Wendy on 07960 010366.

For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit


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Notes to Editors

Everyone participating in The 2.6 Challenge is urged to follow Government guidelines. The current Government advice is that you should only go out once a day for exercise, either alone or with members of your household. You are urged to say local and always keep more than 2 metres away from other people at all times.

About Seashell Trust:

  • Seashell Trust is based in Stockport and supports children and young people with very complex and profound medical conditions and disabilities. We have a school, college and 52 week residential care as well as being a centre for inclusive sport for children all across the area. We also support families to bring up a disabled child and empower them to help their child maximise their full potential in life. @seashelltrust

About the MSO:

  • The Mass Participation Sports Organisers (MSO) group was formed in 2019 to work together to create and introduce sustainable practices in mass participation sports events in the UK.
  • MSO includes Human Race, parkrun, The Great Run Company, Run 4 Wales, Grounded Events, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport, Limelight Sports, Threshold Sports, Running High and London Marathon Events
  • MSO has worked together to create The 2.6 Challenge.