Join the 2.6 Challenge for Blind Veterans UK


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income.

We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in The 2.6 Challenge to help to support the vital work of Blind Veterans UK.

The 2.6 Challenge launched on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

A lot of people have already done it and many more are still joining as this is an ongoing activity. We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support Blind Veterans UK.

People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless!

The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. You can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

  • Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas you can explore our A-Z list below
  • Head to to donate £26 – or any other amount can afford – to Blind Veterans UK or to set up a fundraising page
  • Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  • Complete your challenge
  • Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge – don’t forget to tag us @BlindVeterans!

Join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge to support Blind Veterans UK.

2.6. Challenge Ideas - A-Z

A – Hit YouTube and complete 26 minutes of aerobics. Neon spandex is, of course, optional.
B – Bake! Although flour is like gold-dust currently get creative in the kitchen and hold a virtual bake-off with your friends and family. Your challenge is to whip up a work of art in just 26 minutes. If you’re not feeling that speedy then make 26 of your chosen recipe (cheese scones are a firm favourite in the Blind Veterans UK offices!)
C – Cartwheel 26 times in a row!
D – Get your groove on and dance for 26 of your favourite songs (don’t forget to film this!)
E – Dig out 26 items that you no longer use and list them on eBay with all proceeds going to your 2.6 Challenge fund.
F – Flippin ‘eck! Set up a swear jar and make anyone uttering naughty words in a 26 hour period to donate. Double their forfeit if they mention Coronavirus or COVID-19
G – Host a 26 hour Gameathon. We have everything you need here to set up your challenge!
H – Hop or hula! Hop or hula hoop for 26 minutes straight (harder than it sounds!)
I – Isolation Bingo! Head to our Shout Up for Veterans page for everything you need to conduct a virtual 26 minute bingo session.
J – Keep all your balls in the air for 26 seconds and become an overnight circus juggling superstar.
K – Non-stop keep ups for 26 seconds - convince your family you are David Beckhams long lost sibling.
L – Laps! Follow Cptn Tom Moors example and do 26 laps of your garden. If you’re feeling extra fit attempt to follow in the footsteps of our supporter Darren Blanks who is using his back garden to complete a full marathon!
M – Messaging! Record a 26 second message for our blind veterans and let them know you are supporting them. We will share the best ones on our social media feed.
N – New skills, use your lockdown period to pick up a new hobby. Learn the basics of a new language, learn to play guitar, become a crochet wizard…the list is endless. Give yourself 26 days to become a master.
O – Old friends. Make a list of 26 people you haven’t spoken to in a while and reconnect. Send a text or an email or go old school and send them a card. Spread the joy!
P – Pass it on, whatever your challenge be sure to nominate as many people as possible to join in. 26 people would be fabulous!
Q – Qi Qong. It’s a thing, trust us! If yoga seems a bit intimidating then give this gentler, more accessible version a go for 26 minutes and find your inner zen.
R – Read 2 books in 6 days
S – Swot up! Recruit 26 people to take part in a virtual pub quiz using our downloadable quiz pack (or make up your own). 
T – Treasure hunt! Set a task for members of your family to locate certain items and the fastest one to collect all items wins!
U – Undo bad habits! Give something up for 2.6 days, 2.6 weeks or 26 days if you’re feeling brave. Take a look at our Give It Up page for inspiration.
V – Variety! List 26 things you’ve never done and do them! It could be trying new foods, learning a phrase in another language, teaching your dog a new trick…let your imagination run wild!
W – Workout! 26 squats, 26 lunges, 26 star jumps and 26 push ups will set you up for the day (and potentially turn your legs to jelly!)
X – Invite your friends to a virtual X-Factor style contest using Zoom, Skype or Facetime. Each hopeful has just 2.6 minutes to wow the judges.
Y – Yoga! Master 26 poses in your morning flow.
Z – Get sweaty for 26 minutes with a quick bout of Zumba