The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a devastating impact around the world. Railway Children, along with many other charities, has lost income due to events being cancelled and postponed so many of our projects are now at risk.

But we need to keep reaching the children we support who are now more vulnerable than ever because of this crisis.


So we’ve joined forces with hundreds of other UK charities for a massive fundraising event – The 2.6 Challenge. It has been organised by the team behind the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, The London Marathon, which has now been postponed. The 26-mile run should have been taking place this Sunday, 26th April and raises millions for charities every year.

The aim of the 2.6 Challenge is to fill that fundraising gap, but don’t worry, you don’t have to be a marathon-fit athlete to take part … in fact you don’t have to be fit at all as you can simply come up with your own challenge.

Run for 26 minutes, cycle 26 miles, read 26 pages, do 26 press ups, tell 26 jokes, eat 26 biscuits, keep 26 uppies up… it’s up to you.

We’re asking you to pick your own event based on the number 26 or 2.6 and see if you can raise £26 (or more!).

You can set up a JustGiving page here.

£26 is what it currently costs us to supply an emergency parcel of food, oil and soap to a family in India that has lost all income due to the virus. It will feed them and help them stay safe by keeping clean for four weeks and we have delivered over 300 already.

There are many more children and families in desperate need. Take up your 2.6 Challenge and help us keep children across India, Africa and here in the UK safe.