“It’s wonderful to see such an inventive challenge in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The fundraising and awareness this has raised is phenomenal.”
Jane De Lay, Shooting Star
The work of HMC schools to support the NHS and their local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing.
This includes examples of HMC schools which have been running, and completing other activities, to raise funds for the NHS and local charities:
Pupils and staff at Kent College Pembury are taking part in the Run For Heroes campaign to raise money for NHS workers fighting COVID-19.
Participants run, walk or cycle 5k, donate £5 and then nominate five people to take part.
The school’s community has now surpassed the 1,000km milestone in support of the campaign.
“Well done everyone. We are indebted to the NHS staff working around the clock to help fight the pandemic – thank you for everything you are doing,” said Headmistress Julie Lodrick.
The Run For Heroes donation page can be found here.
The 16 girls who make up the U15A hockey team at Kingston Grammar School are aiming to raise £4,000 for the NHS by collectively running the distance of their school to Inverness and back.
The distance of each individual run by each of the girls in their local area is calculated as they target a combined total distance of 2,000km. They started on 16th April and aim to complete the feat by 15th May.
“We hugely admire the work and resilience of our NHS during this unprecedented time, and would love to do our bit in thanking them,” the team said.
To donate, visit the JustGiving page here.
A 26-mile home marathon, a 26-minute ski erg, a 26-mile cycling time trial and a family rowing relay were among the ingenious ways members of the Hampton School and Lady Eleanor Holles School Boat Clubs came up with to carry out the #TwoPointSixChallenge.
The school communities have raised more than £6,000 for the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices – a charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.
Jane De Lay, Head of Community Engagement at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, said: “It’s so wonderful to see such an inventive 2.6 Challenge in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. We are a lifeline to so many vulnerable families, but right now we’re facing a very immediate and real crisis thanks to the coronavirus pandemic – the fundraising and awareness that this challenge has raised for us is phenomenal.”
The 2.6 Challenge took place on Sunday 26 April, the day the London Marathon was due to take place. Participants were encouraged to come up with their own ideas for activities to raise money for UK charities. Many of the charities have had to reduce or stop services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To find out more about the 2.6 Challenge and to make a donation, see here.