STAFF and volunteers at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) League of Friends (LoF) helped to raise more than £1,800 after completing the 2.6 challenge on Sunday.
The challenge, which was organised in place of the London Marathon, aimed at raising funds for charities during what has been a difficult period since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It aimed to inspire people to carry out their own fundraising activities around the numbers 2.6 or 26, while observing isolation and social distancing guidelines.
LoF charity director, Victoria Sugden, set herself the challenge of doing a 2.6km walk in a pair of high heels, while her daughter Maddy also joined in dressed in her full goalkeeper hockey kit.
Victoria said: “My daughter Maddy and I really enjoyed undertaking the 2.6 Challenge, and were totally overwhelmed by the kind support we have had.
“On the day our neighbours came out to bang pans, cheer and clap as we went past – which was lovely and kept us going.”
Mike Haddaway, chairman of the League of Friends voluntary services, took part in a 26-mile indoor cycling challenge and drummed up sponsorship from 26 supporters in order to raise vital funds for the hospital friends group.
Mike said: “The LoF need our support now more than ever, so I was more than happy to get stuck into this challenge. I’m very grateful to everyone who sponsored me”.
The charity also had the support of many other volunteers who undertook their own personal 2.6 Challenges in aid of the group.
Sue Kime embarked on a walk from Pant to Llanymynech golf course and back, Tim and Daphne Evans also opted for a walking-based challenge around their local village and Gill Cripps climbed her garden steps 26 times.
Victoria added: “A massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored us, we raised £1,272 which along with Mike, Sue, Gill, Tim and Daphne totals £1815.
“Thank you so much to everyone who took part the money we have raised will help to support our COVID-19 response, doing all we can to care for patients and staff at RJAH.”