Stay at home; save lives; support our charities

May 12, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that thousands of fundraising events have had to be cancelled. Last year, the Virgin Money London Marathon alone raised £66.4 million and set a new world record for an annual single-day charity event for the 13th successive year. This year, the event, which should have taken place on 28 April, would have likely broken that record once more, but it has been postponed. The organisers hope that it will now go ahead on the rescheduled date of 4 October.

With the challenges brought by the pandemic, many of the UK’s charities have had to reduce or stop services at a time when vulnerable members of society need them most; thousands of staff have been placed on furlough and sadly some charities will not survive the next few months.

However, there is a way to help, and RSK is already getting involved. Last week, RSK employees took part in the 2.6 Challenge, which aims to save the UK’s charities by asking people to do any activity they like involving the numbers 2 and 6 while collecting a few pennies form their friends and families. This could be anything from running 2.6 miles to holding an online workout with 26 of your friends (remember to follow government guidelines on how to exercise safely). Check out how to get involved for more ideas.

Environmental Health and Safety Team Leader Dave Allen’s 26.2-mile cycle ride was one of RSK’s contributions. Dave and his family set up stationary bikes in their back garden and managed to complete their cycling marathon in just over an hour and a half. RSK’s efforts as a team raised £335 for our chosen charity, WaterAid. You can add to this total by donating via JustGiving.

Dave Allen

Dave Allen

Sustainability Reporting Consultant Jack Lloyd also got involved by rowing 26 km on his rowing machine. Senior Engineering Geologist Eric Downey ran a virtual marathon, in four instalments during his daily exercise.

If you want to get involved and use your daily exercise wisely, you can still take part in the 2.6 Challenge: find out more here. Alternatively, WaterAid is now organising 5-k, 10-k and half-marathon WaterAid running challenges that participants can complete any time between May and the end of July. They are very flexible, with no set time or route; you can just go at your own pace, whenever you like. You can find out more details on the WaterAid website.

If sports is not your thing, there is also a page with lots of ideas and resources for fundraising at home. From quiz nights to book clubs, fancy dress parties to virtual celebrations, this could be a nice way to keep in touch with friends and family and raise a bit of money at the same time.

Eric Downey