We’ve smashed our charity challenge target!

We set out to raise £500 for the Nick Smith Foundation as part of the national 2.6 Challenge – and within just five days we’d reached our target!

Each member of the Faith team took on a different challenge to raise the money – in some cases our kids and even our animals joined in too.

Our challenges ranged from running 26 miles, horse riding the same distance, dog walking, baking, dancing and performing squats. And in just matter of days, we had raised more than £530 for the charity.

The foundation was set up in memory of Nick Smith, from Lightcliffe, who died from motor neurone disease just two weeks after his 38th birthday. It raises money for research into motor neurone disease, as well as supporting bereaved children while supporting community and junior rugby league – father-of-two Nick loved the game and played for several local sides. 

The 2.6 Challenge aims to raise money for good causes that would have benefited from this year’s London Marathon, postponed until October because of the coronavirus outbreak. The only stipulation is that challenges must involve the numbers 26 or 2.6.

MD Stefanie Hopkins ran 26.2 miles – the equivalent of a marathon – over the course of a week. Not to be outdone, her daughter Mia also joined in – performing 26 back flips on her trampoline. “She enjoyed it,” said Stef, “but by the end she was pretty dizzy!”

Account manager Kate Wobschall completed a 26-mile horse ride on her Welsh cob Ristol Cardi Princess and Connemara pony Spinway Bliss. They would normally be out at shows every weekend at this time of year, so this was a chance to do something different for a really good cause.

Account executive Abigail Henderson is our office star baker – and she rose to the occasion by baking 26 buns. “The biggest challenge was finding enough flour to make 26 individual buns! In an ideal world I’d have brought them in for the team to share, but I’ll make up for it when we’re all back in the office.” 

Social and digital account manager Kirsty Perkins took on a fitness challenge with a difference, performing 26 squats each day. “I might not be able to stand for another 26 days but it’s given me some much-needed exercise given I can’t leave the house,” she said. “And I’m happy to have contributed to a wonderful charity that not only puts money into research, but supports families affected by MND.”

Office administrator Freya Lovedale found walking and running with her dogs tiring but enjoyable – and even managed to find some new walking routes. She initially set out to cover 26 miles but ended up completing an impressive 33 miles altogether.

Now in its third year, the foundation has donated a total of £50,000 to MND research, as well as funding memory boxes for children who have a parent with a terminal illness, a counselling service for young people who have been bereaved, and rugby league tournament for under sevens from across Yorkshire.