Birch Associates Events take on the 2.6 Challenge

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From Sunday 26th April, many of us in the UK will be taking part in the 2.6 Challenge. The 2.6 Challenge can be any activity, from running 2.6 miles or holding an online workout with 26 friends, to 26 minutes of yoga, or gardening for 26 minutes. Anyone can take part and you can complete it on or from Sunday April 26th. This challenge is based around the London Marathon which would have been held on 26th April running 26 miles hence the name of the challenge.

As an events business in the hospitality sector, like many others right now, we are unable to operate, so we wanted to put our time to good use and take up this challenge. Birch Associates Events have decided to take this challenge one step further and we are going to do 26 challenges over 26 days for charity.

Our chosen charities are Naomi House & Jacksplace and The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. These are both charities that are based locally to us and provide support in very different ways. Right now, through these difficult times, they are both supporting the NHS and the Community, but unfortunately funding and donation streams have reduced significantly so we need to support them.

Naomi House and Jacksplace are hospices for children and young adults, they care for individuals aged from birth up to 35, all with some of the most complex and life limiting conditions. They have been continuously caring for families from central southern England since 1997. The hospices offer vital services to their families including respite, end of life and bereavement support. They have two dedicated end of life suites, one in each hospice. This allows families to say their final goodbyes and give them the dignified ending that they deserve, whilst getting all of the support that they need. Annually, Naomi House & Jacksplace support more than 600 families with a full year of services costing £9.2 million. Due to the Coronavirus Naomi House & Jacksplace have given up all their respite care to the NHS. So, all their brilliantly equipped rooms have been turned into ICU rooms to care for Coronavirus patients. We need to help them to keep going, but also, so that when all this is over, they can continue their brilliant work caring for terminally ill children and young adults.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust – In September 1997 Charlie took his own life at the age of 28. He was suffering from depression and no longer had the strength to cope with life. Shortly after this tragic event his family founded The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. The aim of the Trust is to increase awareness of the signs and the dangers of depression and to encourage those who may be depressed to seek help. It also encourages those that are well to pick up the symptoms in others and persuade them to get help. Since Charlie’s death in 1997, his parents, family and friends have worked through the Trust to increase awareness of the symptoms and dangers of depression and remove the stigma that is attached to mental illness. Right now, the Trust is working so hard to support so many through this incredibly challenging time, especially within the NHS.

Here is where we need your help

Our goal is to successfully complete 26 challenges and any donations for these very deserving charities, for us completing our daily challenges, will be greatly appreciated.

For our 26th challenge, on the 26th day, which will be Thursday 21st May we are going to try and get as many people around the country singing one specific song, (very appropriate to our current situation) at one time. We are planning on linking this in with clap for carers as this takes place every Thursday! The singing will take place at 7:55pm with a clap for carers straight after. Details re the song and how people can be involved will be sent out nearer the time. We ask that anyone wanting to sing along donates £2 to our fundraising page. We hope for this final challenge we can get 260 people, or even 2600, but 260,000 would be brilliant!

To support us in our challenge, make sure you follow us on facebook – Birch Associates Events, Twitter- @birchassociates and on Instagram @birchassociates. Make sure you #BAE26challenge and tag us in your singing videos.

See below for our 26 challenges

To donate follow the link

Thank you for all your support and donations it is greatly appreciated.

Katie & Sue Birch
Birch Associates Events