MND Association directors join forces to fundraise for 2.6 Challenge
Directors at the MND Association have taken on their own 2.6 fundraising challenges – from daily yoga to recreating popular movie scenes.
Three weeks into the 26 day challenge the team of seven have raised more than £5000 to help the Association continue its vital work supporting people with MND.
The 2.6 Challenge launched on 26 April – the original date of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. Organisers are encouraging participants to fundraise around the numbers 2 and 6, to generate much needed income for UK charities.
Fundraising has suffered a massive blow as a result of the pandemic – the Association predicted an initial 30% drop in income. As our fundraising team work hard to bridge the gap, the directors announced their own personal challenges.
Director of External Affairs at the Association and amateur actor, Chris James, is re-enacting 26 famous movie scenes kicking off with Four Weddings and a Funeral. Chris Wade, Director of Engagement, is collecting signed sports shirts numbered from 1-26 to auction.
Brian Dickie, Director of Research Development, and Nick Goldup, Director of Care Improvement are testing their fitness, running 2.6km and 5km respectively for 26 days. Similarly, Linda Allen, Director of Fundraising, is working out for 26 minutes every day in her garden and Director of Finance Mark Chapman is doing 26 different exercises every day for 26 days in his home gym.
Sally Light, Chief Executive of the MND Association, is revisiting a former passion for yoga by completing a 26 minute daily practice. She said:
“As a Directors’ Team we were inspired by so many people across the MND community who have risen to the challenge and are undertaking some amazing fundraising efforts during these difficult times. We all chose an activity that was achievable while also giving us the opportunity to step out of our comfort zone, with a shared goal. In these strange times it’s great to have a chance to try something different while knowing the money we raise as a team will support our work for people affected by MND.”