BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) are kindly asking supporters, participants, and partners to join in with fundraising efforts as part of the nationwide 2.6 Campaign.

During this uncertain period, BACT has continued to operate in whichever way possible and has supported those that are currently most vulnerable and at risk. Therefore, by joining this campaign it will allow BACT to continue supporting our Community Response to Covid-19 and allow BACT to continue to support our communities in the future.

Monies will be used to support the most vulnerable members of our communities with wellbeing checks, care packages, activity packs and food deliveries. BACT will also be donating proceeds raised towards the Burton Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund to help support the fantastic service that our local community receives. 

The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which would have taken place today (26th April 2020), is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019.

As it cannot take place as planned, its organisers have created this ‘lockdown-friendly event’ which is easy for anyone to join in and make a difference, especially for smaller local charities.

The challenge will be to vision and create an activity that’s based around the numbers 2.6 or 26!

The 2.6 Challenge can be any activity you like – from running 2.6 miles to holding an online workout with 26 of your friends. Whether you’re running around the balcony for 2.6 miles, doing 26 press-ups with the dog on your back or bench-pressing 26 kilos with your grandchildren. You can even just donate £2.60, it really doesn’t matter, we just require your help to save the UK’s charities!

Burton Albion Academy, Burton Albion Ladies and BACT’s Football Development programmes will be supporting this in their very own unique football related way. Watch this space for further details!  

Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “We’re really calling out to as many people as possible to help support this campaign.

“We’re hoping to raise a grand total of around £10,000 to help support BACT and Burton Hospital during these unprecedented times.

“We have seen first-hand our local hospital and it’s amazing staff. To donate a sum of the monies raised to them, really is the least we can do!

“We know what an important job we have in supporting and helping to change lives across the region and we hope that everyone can get behind us, to help continue in doing so.”

To donate, please visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/twopointsixbact

Share and tag us in your efforts on social media; Twitter (@burtonalbionct), Facebook (Burton Albion Community Trust), and Instagram (burtonalbionct) and please use the hashtag #TwoPointSixBACT

We’re giving you all a little bit of time to think and plan your ideas, ahead of the official launch on Friday 1st May at 9am. We will then be running challenges for the campaign for 26 days up until Tuesday 26th May.

Here’s some more ideas for ways in which you can do your challenge:

With the family

  • See who can do the most skips in 26 seconds
  • Build a tower out of 26 different objects
  • 26m three-legged race
  • Find 26 items that start with each letter of the alphabet
  • Draw 26 rainbows
  • Build the biggest Lego tower in 2.6 minutes
  • Sponsored silence for 2.6 minutes
  • Read 26 books with the kids
  • See who can fill up the most water balloons in 26 minutes

On your own

  • Learn to count to 26 in a different language
  • Walk 2.6km inside your house
  • Binge 26 episodes of your favourite show
  • Run 2.6 miles
  • Bake 26 cupcakes
  • Walk up and down the stairs 26 times
  • Juggle for 26 minutes

With a group

  • 26 question quiz with 26 friends
  • Get 26 friends together for a virtual workout
  • Camp out in your garden on the 26th of April
  • Dance to music with friends for 26 minutes
  • Host a virtual supper with 26 friends
  • 26 minutes of a musical on Zoom
WATCH: Burton Albion Chairman, Ben Robinson MBE DL, announces the launch of #TwoPointSixBACT