The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on UK charities with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events.
The cancellation of this Sunday’s London Marathon – the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event – will leave a huge hole in many charities’ funding pots, preventing them carrying out the work they so desperately need to do.
The 2.6 Challenge is a fantastic way for everyone to fundraise and help charities carry on with their vital work. Many of you have asked what you can do to help nature and we’d love you to take the challenge to support the RSPB.
Why is the RSPB involved?
In recent weeks we have made many difficult but necessary decisions. We have postponed crucial conservation projects and are no longer able to welcome visitors to our nature reserves, cafés or events. These changes are having a significant impact on our conservation efforts and on our income.
Yet the natural world that is providing joy and comfort for so many of us at this time still needs our help. We still face a climate and ecological catastrophe; with the nature we love and depend on in very real danger of disappearing. Without your help, many much-loved animals including puffins, turtle doves, water voles and hedgehogs will continue to decline.
We must protect and save the nature that sustains so many of us in our time of need. Now more than ever we must fight for a world built in harmony with nature, that’s rich in wildlife for all can enjoy. It’s time to give back to nature.
How you can help?
The 2.6 Challenge can be any activity you like – from running 2.6 miles or holding an online workout with 26 of your friends, to painting 26 wild animals or challenging yourself to see how many birds you can spot in 2.6 hours.
Right now, many birds are doing heroic marathon migrations to reach us - birds like swallows, ospreys, terns and swifts who return every summer to nest and raise chicks. Some make an incredible 26,000 mile round-trip – so why not challenge yourself to 26,000 steps?
Whatever your age or ability, you can take part. After all, we’re not looking for superheroes. We’re looking for Home Heroes. All we ask is that you stay safe and follow the latest health guidelines whatever you do!
Sign up to save nature here: link to RSPB Just Giving page
Last Updated: Wednesday 22 April 2020