Helen Hamilton from West Bridgford along with her partner Alan and two young daughters Summer and Minnie, are taking on a huge challenge during lockdown in aid of charity.
Two-time marathon runner Helen Hamilton had planned to take part in the 2020 marathon to raise money for charity.
Helen said, “I was due my third London marathon for charity this year, and like many others was disappointed that the event has had to be postponed.
“I am raising funds to help the Queen Elizabeth Foundation build a rehab centre for children and adults with life changing injuries or disabilities, and as charities are really struggling for funds at the moment, my daughters thought it would be a good idea to do something to help them as part of the 2.6 challenge.”
The 2.6 challenge has been set up by organisers of some of the UK’s biggest mass participation sports events, including the London marathon – and it’s for a good cause. The challenge aims to help charities that are struggling right now, with many fundraising events being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The idea is that people choose a challenge, any challenge at all, related to the numbers 2.6 or 26 (the number of miles in a marathon and the date in April that the London marathon was due to take place on).
Helen’s daughters named Summer and Minnie aged 7 and 9, were eager to take part in the 2.6 challenge and came up with an idea. Helen said, “They came up with a really difficult challenge for girls their age – as a family we would run 2.6 miles every day for 10 days to make up a marathon. They’re doing so well!
“We have raised £360 so far and whilst it’s not Captain Tom level, it is really encouraging them to keep going (as well as the promise of various chocolate treats!).”
If you would like to help this cause by making a donation, please visit Helen’s fundraising page available here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/helen-hamilton-SAVMLMBONDS333-2020-185578
For more information on the Queen Elizabeth Foundation, please visit: https://qef.org.uk