She did it! We speak, of course, of Vicky Ellis, who yesterday (Sunday) ran round her paddock 26(.2!) times to raise money for CPRE Kent. Her effort was part of the 2.6 Challenge, set up to help charities through this lockdown period. Vicky completed her 26.2 laps (some five or six miles) in 47.34 minutes, despite almost breaking her ankle on the final lap. No one is better placed to tell the story than Vicky herself, so over to our star athlete herself, who set the scene yesterday morning: “So it’s the day of my challenge. I’m surprisingly nervous. I’ve put markers at each corner of the paddock to make sure I don’t cut corners. I’m going to have very wet feet from the dewy grass. “So why support CPRE Kent? No other charity fights for the wider countryside, home to our flora and fauna, quite as well. They support communities, successfully hold developers to account and are full of genuine people who care deeply about our diminishing countryside. That’s why. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you for your support. Xx” And, having got back her breath, a modest Vicky broke the news that she had made it! “To all supporters and countryside advocates, just a huge thank-you. My challenge wasn’t much of a challenge as I often run five or six miles – however, the fact I had so many of you support me has made me feel so grateful to you all. “Each and every one who has donated has demonstrated how important our countryside is to us. Anyone who knows me will know how important wildlife is to me and how much it figures in my life. It’s our countryside, but it’s their home and it’s the only one they have. When it’s gone, they have nowhere to go. SO THANK YOU! XX” And thank you, Vicky!
Vicky set herself a target of £500 but at the time of writing had secured an incredible total of more than £1,200 for CPRE Kent. There is still time to add to that total, so if you would like to reward Vicky’s efforts and help our charity please click here
The financial problems faced by many charities due to the Covid-19 lockdown have been well charted, but one staff member at CPRE Kent will be taking on the 2.6 Challenge to raise funds for the countryside charity.
“I will be running round my paddock 26 times for CPRE Kent because I want to help protect the countryside and fauna,” said Vicky Ellis, who has set herself the target of raising £500.
The 2.6 Challenge has been established to help charities through this lockdown period, which potentially could prove terminal for some.
It was set up by JustGiving and “the organisers of the UK’s biggest mass participation events, who have come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign to raise vital funds to help save the UK’s charities”.
It launches on Sunday (April 26), which had been the date of the London Marathon before its postponement; this is the world’s largest one-day fundraising event, last year pulling in more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities.
In response to that loss, organisers have been encouraging people to take part in the challenge on Sunday, although people can take part up until Sunday, May 3.
The JustGiving website says: “All that people need to do is think of an activity that suits their skills based around the number 2.6 or 26. The campaign is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.”
Vicky, who will be tackling the challenge on Sunday with her friend Catherine Avery, said: “I run virtually every day, but with lockdown I have decided for this 2.6 Challenge to keep it local and run round my horse’s field 26 times.
“I may get a funny look or two from my horse and donkey as they wonder what it is I’m up to. The total in laps equates to around five miles.”