Will you take part in the #TwoPointSixChallenge for us?

Sunday 26 April was the scheduled date for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, the 40th edition of the world’s greatest marathon.

It is a huge event in the charity fundraising calendar. Every year for the past 13 years, the London Marathon has set a world record for an annual one-day fundraiser, with an incredible £66.4 million raised for good causes in 2019 and more than £1 billion raised since the first race in 1981.

Thousands of fundraising events across the UK have been cancelled due to Covid-19 with a devastating impact on charity income that means many charities are facing closure. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) CEO Karl Wilding estimates that the UK charity sector will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the pandemic.

In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help save the UK’s charities.

The 2.6 Challenge launched on Sunday 26 April, what should have been the date of the 40th edition of the London Marathon.

From Sunday 26 April, the public is asked to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.

How Paul’s Place has responded to COVID-19

Paul’s Place has continued to support its members throughout the COVID-19 crisis and we need your help.

Yes, I’d like to help

Not only are we supporting adults with a physical, visual or sensory impairment but also their carers; from which the families of those 169 people benefit too.

One of the ways we are caring for people is through our telephone support service. Issues with loneliness, isolation and mental health struggles are just some of the daily battles those living with a disability have to go through. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased levels of anxiety and through loneliness and isolation, people’s health and safety are put at risk.

Here at Paul’s Place we are doing all we can to make sure that everyone is cared for throughout this time. We have come to know and befriend those we support over a long period of time. Therefore, we are able to engage and connect with each and every one of them on a very personal level. They feel safe when talking to support staff, it helps reduce their anxiety and it let’s them know we are still there and we care.

To have a phone call from Paul’s Place has really helped me to feel that this important part of my life is continuing in some way, which after everything else has been stopped/cancelled it is a huge thing. It reassures me that you are all still there. Caring, interested and listening. Also, yes it’s so important to feel connected to the Paul’s Place family and that connection might be a weekly phone call but that call is everything to us.

Many of us can feel isolated at this time and wonder if our supports and friends are still there and the call says ”yes we are still here, we haven’t forgotten you and we care” Thank you.

– Ben, Paul’s Place Member

We need your help.Since the #UKlockdown, we as a charity have had to act fast and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all those who have come to rely on Paul’s Place. Not only are we supporting adults with a physical, visual or sensory impairment but also their carers too. From which the families of those 169 people benefit from too.One of the ways we are caring for our members is through our telephone support service. Issues with loneliness, isolation and mental health struggles are just some of the daily battles those living with a disability have to go through. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased levels of anxiety and through loneliness and isolation, people’s health and safety are put at risk.Here at Paul’s Place we are doing all we can to make sure that everyone is cared for throughout this time. We have come to know and befriend our members over a long period of time. Therefore, we are able to engage and connect with each and everyone of our members on a very personal level. They feel safe when talking to support staff, it helps reduce their anxiety and it let’s them know we are still there and we care. Our support workers continue to offer this incredible and creative service, embracing digital communication, teaching valuable tech skills to create interactive sessions, as well as emotional and practical support where needed. We hope this means our members can continue to feel the joy they feel when visiting our day facility.Our day facility may be shut until it is safe to open again, but the Paul’s Place family is still staying connected. Now more than ever we need your help. £26 allows a support worker to stay in touch with a member, enhancing their wellbeing. You can donate directly https://lght.ly/e1mok9k or find out more at https://lght.ly/80dng2c

Posted by Paul's Place on Wednesday, 22 April 2020

 

Updates on the #TwoPointSixChallenge

Since we launched this campaign, you the public, as well as staff, volunteers and those who we support have gone above and beyond to raise funds for Paul’s Place.

Together you have raised £4,066 and counting!

Currently, Helen Black is walking 2.6 miles for 26 days with her son, as is Staff member Sheila Hewitt.

Sheila’s son is training for a marathon, where he will be running from Bristol to Bath and BACK!

We cannot thank you enough! Those who are still completing their challenges now or finished theirs already, it has been great seeing so many of you getting behind this campaign.

What a fabulous success and great fun the #twopointsixchallenge has been!So far we have raised £3,980!! 🎉🎊🌟Thank you to all those who have taken part and raised funds, your support is so important right now 👏 Together we will continue to offer vital support to those who use our services, helping them stay safe and well by reducing anxiety and isolation through continued connection to the Paul's Place community, getting supplies to them and being that friendly voice on the phone for when days are tough. Some people’s challenges haven’t finished yet so there is still plenty of time to get involved or to donate 👉 https://lght.ly/a2mmc16 Keep smiling and enjoy the well-earned weekend!😎

Posted by Paul's Place on Friday, 1 May 2020

Some are still completing their challenges and there is still time to donate!

Trustee Nicky Marshall is still completing her challenge now!

Read her story and for full details about her fundraising page, click here

Great to see one of our Trustees Nicky Marshall getting involved so early! 👏 See her fundraiser here 👉 https://lght.ly/63kgmn7There is still plenty of time and so many ways you can help save #UKCharities with the #TwoPointSixChallenge.Find out more here 👉 https://lght.ly/e16c4ok

Posted by Paul's Place on Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Fundraising Manager Clair also took part together with her family!

Say hello to our Fundraising Manager Clair! 👋 She's been working hard to make sure this pandemic doesn't get in the way of raising vital funds needed for Paul's Place. As a mum to 5 year old twin boys, she has decided to do her #TwoPointSixChallenge as a family. Support Clair by donating directly https://lght.ly/63c2lma Find out more ⬇️

Posted by Paul's Place on Thursday, 23 April 2020

Our CEO Daniel also completed his on Sunday 26th of April

He took on the stairs and the number of steps is equivalent to a famous European landmark!

CEO Daniel Cheesman is also getting involved in the #TwoPointSixChallenge and taking the stairs on! The amount of steps he will do is equivalent to a beloved European landmark. 🌍Find out more in the video below ⬇️ and donate to Paul's Place directly here https://lght.ly/6nda75i(Music:bensound)

Posted by Paul's Place on Thursday, 23 April 2020

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Follow us on social media and tag us on Twitter or Facebook if you have chosen Paul’s Place as your chosen Charity for the 2.6 Challenge.

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