The 2.6 Challenge - BBS UK needs your help!
How to join and fundraise for BBS UK!
BBS UK’s fundraising activity like most UK charities has unfortunately been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic which has meant many of our fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled, we're therefore very excited to hear about the 2.6 Challenge, a national virtual challenge event which wants to help all UK charities.
About the 2.6 Challenge
The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April – the original date of the 2020 London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019.
Anyone can take on the challenge
The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age, all you need to do is think of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or from Sunday 26 April. This could be something as simple as pledging to run 2.6 miles as your daily exercise to doing 26 minutes of yoga or juggling for 26 minutes. If you’re not able to take on a challenge, you can still get involved by donating to the campaign.
You can do it at home
The #TwoPointSixChallenge is your chance to be a Home Hero and raise funds from your very own living room, bedroom, balcony or garden! There are no rules, apart from following the Government guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time.
How to take part
- Come up with a 2.6 Challenge
- Donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to BBS UK via JustGiving: https://twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=85860 or set up a fundraising page.
- Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you
- Complete your 2.6 Challenge
- Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media using the hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge and tag us on Facebook - @bardetbiedlsyndromeuk or Twitter - @LMBBS1
If you have any further questions feel free to contact our Fundraising Officer Christine Saxon at email@example.com
Other fundraising events for BBS UK
Here are some tips and ideas to help you or get you started. If you’d like to share your fundraising story and have any photos of your event please keep in touch with the fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you. You can also request BBS UK merchandise to help your fundraising event, these include collection buckets, t-shirts and wristbands. If you would like any of these items please contact Christine Saxon on the fundraising email address.
Challenges and Events
Some fundraising may take you to great heights or stretch you to your limits. Are you looking for a challenging way to raise funds? Why not sign up for something different next year. Take part in a sponsored cycle ride, walk, marathon run, sky dive or challenge of your choice to raise funds or become a BBS UK hero, all sorts of people do heroic or just plain silly activities to help raise funds; whatever you do you are a BBS UK hero.
Download our fundraising information sheets to inspire:
Online sponsorship is a very straightforward way to promote and collect funds. If you are organising an event we recommend www.justgiving.com. It is easy to set up your fundraising page and share with your family and friends.
You can also donate directly to BBS UK through our own fundraising page www.justgiving.com/lmbbs
If you are doing a fundraising event for us don’t forget to find out if your place of work offers a match giving scheme. Many companies will offer to match pound for pound against what you raise. If they don’t they might consider supporting you with a donation instead.
Remember your sponsors can register their donation to claim gift aid to make your donation worth much more – for every pound donated, BBS UK can claim an extra 25p from Inland Revenue*.
*To claim gift aid, we need the names and addresses of your sponsors and they must be UK tax payers. We will take this information from your paper sponsorship forms, or if you have set up online fundraising with Just Giving the gift aid is claimed automatically.
To raise money for BBS UK, simply decide what event you are going to do or organise and then use our BBS UK sponsorship form. Alternatively you can set up your own sponsorship form or ask for donations online through Just Giving.
Do you run your own business or would your employer be interested in Corporate Giving?
If so, listen up or spread the word. Your company can make a real difference to BBS UK. Companies and their employees can support our charity in a range of different ways that not only help us to help children and adults with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome and their parents and carers but also provide rewarding development opportunities for the staff that get involved. We can work in partnership with employees and businesses in many different ways, for instance you could help:
- Encourage staff to get involved in fundraising events to support our work
- Make donations to help fund our projects and services with disabled children and adults
- Engage staff in a range of volunteer roles for the charity
- Choose us as your Charity of the Year
The benefits to your Company are that we can help you achieve your business and corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives. Some of the benefits to you would be:
- Additional marketing routes for your brand and products
- Excellent opportunities for your employees to engage in team building activities and events, raising money to help children and adults with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome
- Enhanced image among your shareholders, customers and your community
We can work closely with you to determine the activities that will work best for your company. For more information on how your company could work with BBS UK, please get in touch with the fundraising team.