The 2.6 Challenge

2.6 challenge

From a cycleathon to sewing, creating art and a Star Wars movie marathon, we have been blown away by everyone’s brilliantly creative efforts for the 2.6 Challenge in aid of our charity. The challenge, which is open to everyone, launched on 26 April, and we’ve been asking our supporters to dream up fundraising activities based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.

We’ve been particularly impressed by the efforts of our students and former students, who, alongside our staff and other supporters, have set themselves challenges that will push them and enable them to develop new skills. Find out more about the 2.6 Challenge here and get inspired by taking a look at everyone’s fundraising activities below. Please support them with a donation if you can!  

Alex and Simon’s cycleathon

Until Wednesday 13 May, National Star student Alex and our Principal Simon are exercising every weekday for 26 minutes – Alex on his therapy bike in his room at college and Simon on his Turbotrainer bike at home. Support Alex and Simon’s challenge here.

Katie’s exercises

Since joining National Star, Katie has learnt to become more independent. To say thank you she’s challenged herself to use her weights 26 times a day to strengthen her upper body. Support Katie’s challenge here.

Molly M’s sewing

‘I want to give something back to the charity which has made a massive difference to my life,’ says Molly, who has challenged herself to hand-sew 26 squares. Support Molly’s challenge here.

Join the Percushion Wave

We want you to help us make a joyful noise by creating your very own ‘percushion’ instrument. Simply take a cushion cover (or a duvet if you want to make a truly big noise) and fill it with items that will help you make some music. The only limit is your imagination! We’re delighted that Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world’s premier solo percussionist, is taking part and making her own percushion instrument. Find out more about the Percushion Wave here.

Joe’s new exercise regime

Hereford student Joe wanted to give something back to the college that has helped him so much. As a result he has committed to complete a gruelling exercise programme after setting up his fundraising page independently. He’s also persuaded his mum and sister into fundraising too! Support Joe’s challenge here.

Molly L’s art

Creative former student Molly left National Star with a Level 1 BTEC in Art. Now she’s challenged herself to print ten collagraph prints in two hours and 26 minutes. Support Molly’s challenge here.

Shortwood’s active activities 

Residential students at our Shortwood accommodation are getting active for their 2.6 Challenge. Paul and Freddie are going to do a combined 26.2km walk while George, Ben, Hashim and Jamie are going to spend 262 minutes (combined) in their standing frames. Support Shortwood’s challenge here.

Foundation House’s danceathon

Residents at our long-term accommodation Foundation House will dress in the colours of the rainbow and take part in an epic 2.6-hour danceathon. Support Foundation House’s challenge here.

Josh’s Star Wars’ marathon

The force is strong with former National Star student Josh. He has challenged himself to watch every Star Wars film back to back without sleep! Support Josh’s challenge here.

Mamhilad’s danceathon

Those groovy students and staff at National Star in Wales challenged themselves to dance their socks off for 26 minutes in college and at home. Support Mamhilad’s challenge here.

Ben’s musical number

Former National Star student Ben has pledged to play music on his keyboard for 2.6 hours in aid of our charity. Support Ben’s challenge here.

Hereford’s Art Attack-inspired installations

The students at National Star in Hereford are a creative bunch – they’re using the numbers 2 and 6 to create a gallery of beautiful art installations. Support Hereford’s challenge here.

Leo’s sponge throwing 

Good luck to Leo who is taking on the 2.6 Challenge by throwing a wet sponge at his personal learning coordinator Catherine, working on his standing and balance in the process! Support Leo’s challenge here

The physiotherapy team’s fitness challenges 

 Over 26 days our brilliant physiotherapy team are undertaking lots of fundraising activities, including walking, running, cycling, push-ups, sit-ups, hula-hooping and planks. Phew! Support the physiotherapy team’s challenge here

Sign up to the 2.6 Challenge

Feeling inspired to fundraise for our charity? Dream up a challenge and find National Star on Virgin Money Giving to set up your fundraising page. Ask your friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor you and share your involvement on your social media channels, using the hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge. 

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