Fundraise for us

Running along the Northumberland Coast

On Sunday 26 April, the London Marathon would have taken place, with runners raising thousands of pounds for charities. Instead, people across the UK will now be taking part in the 2.6 Challenge to fundraise for their favourite charities. We’d love you to join in and fundraise for us to help care for the places you love.

What is the 2.6 Challenge?

The 2.6 Challenge is a new fundraising initiative set up to help UK charities. We all need to stay home and stay safe right now. But with many marathons and other fundraising events cancelled, we’re missing out on important funds that we depend on. That’s why we need your help.

Instead of the 26 miles people would have run, we’re encouraging you to do a challenge at home that involves the number 2.6 or 26.

Why we need your support

We rely on the support of members, visitors and donors like you. With our places, shops and cafés temporarily closed, vital funding has disappeared. Now more than ever we need your support.

While our places are closed, some of our staff are continuing to carry out essential conservation work to care for the houses, gardens, collections, wildlife and landscapes you love. Your donation will help us continue our vital work to look after nature, beauty and history, for everyone, for ever.


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How to get involved

1. Choose your activity

The 2.6 Challenge can be any activity you like. You could go for a 2.6 mile run, walk or cycle as your daily exercise, or you could do a 26 minute exercise class in your house. And it doesn’t have to just be exercise. You could get creative with the family and bake 26 delicious cheese scones or write a 26 line poem.

You could make skipping one of your 2.6 Challenge activities
Child skipping in the courtyard at Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London
You could make skipping one of your 2.6 Challenge activities

If you’re not sure what challenge you’d like to take on, we’ve got some inspiring ideas below to help with that.

Ideas for 2.6 Challenge activities

  • Complete 26 of our '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' activities
  • Turn 2.6 sqm of your garden into a home for wildlife
  • Sponsored read of 2.6 books or 260 pages in one day
  • Do a virtual quiz with 26 questions

2. Sign up online

Head to the 2.6 Challenge website to register and read inspirational stories from the other people and charities who are taking part.

You could set up your fundraising page using JustGiving and ask your friends and family to sponsor your challenge. Why not make it a friendly competition and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge?

You can also make a donation either through our online donation form, or on the 2.6 Challenge website, where you can donate £26 or any amount you would like. We’re grateful for anything you can give.

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3. Complete and share your challenge

The only thing left to do is to complete your challenge and have lots of fun while doing it. While only those in your house can see what you have done, make sure you share your achievements with your sponsors and us. We’d love to see what you're doing so please share a photo or video of your challenge on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use #TwoPointSixChallenge.

Why not bake something as your challenge?
Volunteer brushing scones with milk
Why not bake something as your challenge?

A big thank you

Whatever your challenge, remember every penny you raise will help look after the places we care for. Thank you for protecting the places that are special to us all and good luck on your 2.6 Challenge.

Join the 2.6 Challenge

Visit the 2.6 Challenge website for more information on how to get involved and fundraise for us.