We’re loving our Thursday claps for the NHS but this Sunday we’d like to do a little more and we’d love you to join in.
Inspired by the initiative of boys like Zacchaeus, James and Raaghav, and brilliant forces of nature like Mrs Revell, on Sunday 26 April we’re encouraging everyone, whatever their age to take part in the 2.6 Challenge. Why then? It’s the day the 40th edition of the London Marathon would have taken place.
The challenge is to come up with some activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 Nick Rusling, a DPL alumnus and one of the organisers of the main event, explained it like this:
“You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like.”
Whatever you decide to do, we’d love to hear from you so do let us know what your planning in the comments below. And do please try to keep it within the guidelines for social distancing.
Our vulnerable members of society really do need the help of charities more than ever before at the moment, and for many of those charities, the London Marathon is their biggest fundraising day of the year. If you feel able to, do please take this chance to support a charity that is close to your heart.
As a school we will be supporting two good causes spearheaded by other brilliant alumni.
One is Harvest for Heroes. While not a charity this initiative was set up by another old boy, Oliver Bailey. Harvest for Heroes are working to give frontline NHS staff daily, free fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and pasta at the end of their long and gruelling shifts. (Please note that while the school believes Harvest for Heroes to be a very good cause, time constraints mean this is a crowdfunded operation and so not subject to the usual strictures on charities.)
The other is Power2Inspire . This is a charity set up around six years ago by a truly inspirational old boy, John Willis (1970). Power2Inspire’s aim is to “embed inclusive sport in the sporting, education and community landscapes” and if you are feeling like reassurance that there are good people in the world doing great things we can strongly recommend a look. The JustGiving page for Power2Inspire is here – we know that small charities like this are particularly hard hit so anything you can do to help would be appreciated.
Whatever you choose to do, whatever activity and whether as a fundraiser or not, we’d love to show all charities our support and by doing that remind our pupils of the good we can do when we do something together.
All of that said, while we hope this is a chance to go a little bit further than the Clap for NHS, you know what we’ll be doing we’ll be next Thursday at 8pm. As the children in our holiday club Scamps put it …