The 2.6 Challenge

Have you heard about the 2.6 Challenge?

On Sunday 26th April it should have been the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.  The organisers of the 2.6 challenge wanted to make a response to the devastating effect on charities that the cancellation of the London Marathon, and the thousands of other events, have had on their ability to offer support to people.

Life is very different for everyone right now, more than ever people with Down’s syndrome and their families need our support. Whether it is a call with their Family Support Service Officer or an online ABC session we want to try and make sure that every family receives the support they need at this time.

Can you help us make this happen by taking on your own 2.6 Challenge?

Any funds you raise will directly help people with Down’s syndrome and their families to access the vital support that they need at this time of crisis.

The event focuses on activities that can be done at home and centre around the numbers 2.6 or 26 – you can think in terms of length or duration.  Maybe walk for 2.6k around your home or walk for 26 minutes.

We’re dreaming up ways that we can get involved  – maybe walk 26 laps of the garden, inspired by Captain Tom or maybe the kids could cycle 26 times up and down the street.

You can choose your own activity – walking, juggling or an online workout with family and friends – the choice really is yours.  It doesn’t need to be a physical activity!  The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

Most people are taking part on Sunday 26th April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

There are just five simple steps to take:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas here:
  2. Visit to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford ­– to Down’s Syndrome Scotland or set up a fundraising page using either Justgiving or Virgin Money Giving.
  3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge.
  4. Complete your challenge.
  5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge and tag @DSScotland.

At Down’s Syndrome Scotland we are very aware of the difficulties that the Coronavirus has brought and it may be that you are reading this e-mail thinking that you are not in a position to help because of the affect that this current crisis has brought.  Please know that we fully understand that it may not be possible for you to take part.  Maybe you could look out for our social media posts and share them with your family and friends and help to spread the word.

If you are able to join Down’s Syndrome Scotland, and the nation, in completing the 2.6 Challenge that would be great. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us know if there is anything at all that I can do to help, you can email us on