This week, our partners Global Adventure Challenges launched their NHS Heroes campaign – to thank our incredible NHS staff.
They are offering a 15% discount on registration fees for all those working for the NHS for every challenge booked by 30th September 2020. Great timing to book your 2021 challenge!
All you need to do is email email@example.com either from your NHS email address, or with a photo of your NHS ID card. Then you’ll get a personal discount code to register for your challenge.
There are some very special challenges both home and abroad to choose from, including:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many major fundraising events were cancelled this year, including the biggest fundraiser of all, the London Marathon. Charities were reporting a projected loss of 48% to their voluntary income, and a third wiped off from their total income.
On Sunday, 26th April 2020 – one month ago today and the scheduled day of the London Marathon – the nation joined together to help UK charities. The challenge was to dream up an activity based around the numbers ‘2’ and ‘6’ and donate (at least) £26 to their favourite charity.
Loads of our lovely supporters joined the 2.6 Challenge in droves to support Breathing Matters and we wanted to say thank you to you all. You have helped us raise a very apt £2600!
Here are a few of our favourite challenges:
Thanks to Liz Wiazek and family for their 26 sun salutations.
Thanks to Jessica, Emily and Seb plus dog Megan for running 2.6 miles around Stokesley Beck, raising £373 in memory of their grandad Andy Herring.
Thanks to Pavan Kohli for walking 2.6 hours on a hot Sunday and raising £178.
Thanks to Karen, Mike, Jose and Oli Fox for running 2.6k en famille.
Thanks to Steph Fisher and her amazing family for raising an incredible £943 for their 2.6 challenges.
Thanks to Elizabeth Coe who walked her pony 26 times around the field.
Thank you to John McCready who wrote a lovely 26 line poem.
Big respect to Elisa and Andreas who did a 26 second handstand for their challenge!
Thanks to Val and Jack for walking up and down their corridor 26 times.
Thanks to Maisie McCready for walking around her garden 26 times every day for a week.
Thanks to Terri Russell for walk-jogging for 2.6K and ‘a little bit more’.
Thanks to Tom for doing 26 keepie-uppies … not easy!
Well done Jo Porter on giving 26 beloved books to charity.
Thanks to Mary Foley for walking 2.6k in 26 minutes – that’s speedy!
Well done Jerry Brown on completing a 2.6k bike ride.
Thanks to James and Emily for their 26.2 mile [marathon] bike ride.
Thanks to Greg and Colin who cycled 260K over the week – that’s as far as London to Sheffield! Thanks guys.
Thanks to Donna and Nick who did 26 Just Dance dances in 2.6 hours.
Thanks to the Smith family and the Howard family for doing a variety of 2.6 challenges … together – but not together.
Thanks to Rebecca and Ted who did 26 exercises 26 times.
Thanks to Sean for drinking a bottle of beer in 2.6 seconds!
Thank you to all the above plus everyone else who donated £26 and beyond to mark our 2.6 Challenge.
Breathing Matters calls on supporters to join The 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26 April 2020
Breathing Matters, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events due to COVID-19.
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 our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.
The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019. The challenge will last for a week. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.
“The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you,” says Nick Rusling, Co-Chair of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race. “You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like. We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”
“For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year,” said Hugh Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon Events. “One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. We hope that The 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th Race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities. Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before..”
Donna Basire, Fundraising Manager from Breathing Matters said “This event could really be a lifesaver to so many as money raised for Breathing Matters funds research into respiratory conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis, COVID-19, bronchiectasis and pneumonia. You can do this at your own pace and in your own house or garden – so the challenge is open to everyone. All we ask is that you donate £26 to the Breathing Matters 2.6 Challenge page, or set up your own page and have your own target to raise – could you raise £260?”.
The mass-participation events organisers behind The 2.6Challenge are: Human Race, parkrun, The Great Run Company, Run 4 Wales, Grounded Events, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport, Limelight Sports, Threshold Sports, Running High and London Marathon Events. The design and website has been created by Studio Republic and the social media campaign by LiveWire Sport. Both agencies are working pro bono. The campaign is supported by the Charities Aid Foundation, the Institute of Fundraising, the Small Charities Coalition, the Office for Civil Society, Sport England, Let’s Do This, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving.
For you lovely people out there who are itching to fundraise, but have not been able to during the COVID-19 pandemic – this is especially for you!
Our event partners, Run for Charity, have just launched a virtual challenge series for young and old, for the fit and not that fit. It’s a great way of making the most of your time in isolation, having a purpose and keeping/getting fit. It is a unique chance for those non-marathon runners to get involved and run/walk a marathon or climb a mountain at your own pace. And you can win a medal at the end (we all love a good medal!).
Here is a list of our current virtual challenges:
Climb Everest – A 12 week challenge perfect for isolation. Challengers will have to complete a climb equivalent to Mount Everest (8,848m) either out and about on your daily exercise, climbing the stairs indoors, or a combination of the two!
Inca Trail – A virtual challenge to tick off the bucket list. A 25 mile run, walk or jog to be completed in as many efforts as you can manage.
Team Gotham – Not all Superheros wear capes….some have to fight crime in isolation too! This is a 5K challenge, so perfect for families who want to complete it together, or anyone looking to stay fit during lockdown.
The Big Charity Run – The ultimate challenge; you can choose your own. Pick a 30, 60, 90 or 120 mile distance to complete over a single month. You can run, walk or cycle, so perfect for setting an ambitious target and staying motivated!
Plus there are lots of location specific races that you could join, including:
Richmond Park – Half Marathon
Tatton Park – 10K
Victoria Park – 5K, 10K & Half Marathon
Brixton – 5K & 10K
Wimbledon Common – Half Marathon
All you need to do is choose your challenge, register and start.
Choose and register here. Receive confirmation email to log in to our Secure Charity Portal. Payment covers the cost of the place and medal only.
Breathing Matters will get notification that you have signed up for your challenge and will contact you Or you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes, a cycle at a national park, a coffee morning at your local cafe or a 10K run or even a marathon is just not enough of a challenge. Sometimes, you need to go further afield!
Breathing Matters has teamed up with Global Adventure Challenges who offer some amazing charity challenges. There are so many international challenges to choose from at www.globaladventurechallenges.com, but here’s just a few fabulous examples:
There are two ways of funding your challenge; minimum sponsorship or self-funding.
For payment option A – minimum sponsorship – You pay the non-refundable deposit (the first sum above) to Global Adventure Challenges. This is used to organise your trip including securing airline seats and relevant permits. You then commit to raising the minimum sponsorship (the second sum above) for Breathing Matters. You can set up a Justgiving Page from our home page (https://www.justgiving.com/breathingmatters) and 80% of the minimum sponsorship MUST be raised no later than ELEVEN WEEKS BEFORE DEPARTURE as this is when Breathing Matters will pay your challenge costs direct to Global Adventure Challenges. Failure to raise this money may mean non-participation and cancellation of your challenge so it is important to raise your funds early. The remaining 20% should be received no more than two weeks after your challenge finishes (we may ask for proof of offline pledges). We would be grateful if you could try and raise as much as you can over the minimum sponsorship target as every penny of this is what Breathing Matters will receive. The more you raise, the more research work we can do and the more your challenge will have been worthwhile.
For payment option B – self-funding – You pay the non-refundable deposit (the first sum above) to Global Adventure Challenges which is used to organise your trip including securing airline seats and relevant permits. Ten weeks before departure, Global Adventure Challenges will invoice you for the balance (the second sum above) and this should be paid within two weeks; eight weeks prior to your challenge. Although there is no minimum sponsorship target for this option, we would encourage you to raise as much as possible for Breathing Matters (via https://www.justgiving.com/breathingmatters). The more you raise, the more research work we can do and the more your challenge will have been worthwhile.
If all the above fills you with dread, why don’t you check out many more challenges including those closer to home in the UK, including Hadrian’s Wall Trek, Ben Nevis Trek, 24 Peak Challenge, Snowdon at Night Trek, Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle, Wales End to End cycle on www.globaladventurechallenges.com
Holst Singers Christmas Concert in aid of Bronchiectasis research at UCL
Friday 13th December 2019, 7.30pm, St Pancras Church
Tickets now on sale (£25 each) for a festive treat of traditional and contemporary seasonal music and readings.
The Holst Singers annual Christmas Concert to raise funds for bronchiectasis research at UCL will once again take place in the neo-classical setting of St Pancras Church (Euston Road NW1 2BA) on the edge of Bloomsbury, just a short distance from UCLH. As in previous years, Charlotte Green of BBC Radio 4 will delight us with readings and there will be audience carols as well as a feast of seasonal music performed by the Holst Singers. Tickets will be available on the door, but to be sure of a place at what will be one of the most wonderful evenings of the year, booking tickets early is advisable.
For further information and tickets, please contact Jane Walker either by telephone 01732 366346 or by email email@example.com
Finsbury Park Rough Runner – a Fun Obstacle Course for all Levels, Saturday 7th September 2019 and Sunday 8th September 2019
The Rough Runner is a unique obstacle course challenge; bounce on big balls and climb your way through the extraordinarily fun course before taking on the energy sapping travelator.
You can choose from the 5K or 10K course.
What others say:
“Loved every second of it! The course was fun and not all the obstacles were challenging so overall was a very fun experience!”– Chelsie “Had a very fun time for our first even like this, even though we don’t run a lot it was a lot of fun and wasn’t too competitive.” – Brandon
Places with Breathing Matters are £40 and we ask that you raise at least £60 per runner.
If you want to register for any of these challenges, email firstname.lastname@example.org but don’t delay registration deadline is 9th August 2019.
September is #Breathtember – Global Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
Get out of Breath for #Breathtember
To help raise awareness, we ask that supporters tweet different challenges during September including the term ‘#Breathtember’ and ask their followers to retweet and share this information as widely as possible.
Think outside the box for your challenges – getting out of breath for you could mean:
Cycling around your local park
Doing a colourful or musical 5K/10K run or walk
Singing until you are out of breath
Walking over the wondrous London bridges
Blowing bubbles … or windmills!
Or just simply walking up the stairs!
The important thing is that you tweet your challenge including the hashtag ‘#Breathtember’ to raise awareness of pulmonary fibrosis. Add a photo if you like. This September, we want as many people as possible to see the term ‘#Breathtember’.
Follow us on Twitter for further details: @Breathingmatter