Covid-19 has forced the cancellation of a number of fundraising events this year, including the recent London Marathon on Sunday 26th April (which would’ve marked the 40th anniversary). The cancellation of events like these has resulted in thousands of charities including Bipolar UK, missing out on millions of pounds of life saving donations. This year Bipolar UK is expecting a 46% fall in income, including that from event donations. This money is vital for us to be able to support those affected by bipolar and continue to provide services such as our eCommunity and our support line.

Every day we estimate 3 people living with bipolar take their own lives. With the right care and support however, that number can be drastically reduced. So, now more than ever we need your support!

We are joining forces with our wonderful supporters and JustGiving to take part in the 2.6 Challenge.

What is the 2.6 challenge?

The 2.6 Challenge will see participants sponsored to do any challenge relating to the number 2.6 or 26.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the London Marathon, who created the challenge, said:

“For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year." 

“One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was to show how the family of mankind can be united."

“We hope that the 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help save the UK’s charities.”


How you can get involved

To take part in your own challenge go to: JustGiving 2.6 Challenge.

For anyone who takes part, 100% of the money you raise will go directly to Bipolar UK. 

Inspiration on how to get involved

"We have followed the work of Bipolar UK for a few years now as a close friend has benefited tremendously from their services. We would encourage others to take up the 2.6 challenge during the lockdown – it was great fun to have a purpose and the support of generous friends and family!"
– The Bukhari Family. 

If you’re in need of a little inspiration of how you can fundraise at home. Here are some virtual alternatives fundraise for us.

Or, if you’d just prefer to support someone else who is taking part on behalf of Bipolar UK, why not sponsor April – Bipolar UK Ambassador, April Kelley, will be walking 26.2 miles in someone else’s shoes, quite literally. Show your support here: April Kelley's JustGiving page
and take a look at April's fundraising video on Twitter.

Your donation will help provide a range of services offering the support people need, when they need it. You can make sure there's someone at the end of the phone to listen, a 24-hour peer forum and more.