With UK fundraising events – like the 26-mile London Marathon – postponed, Oxfam asked you to fundraise from home. You picked 26 or 2.6 things to do for a challenge of your own.

And… you absolutely smashed it!

We’re overwhelmed by the creativity of our wonderful supporters who have raised an incredible £26k so far. Funds raised will make a huge difference to people living in poverty and help us to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in communities worldwide. Thank you.

Here are some of our favourites…

1. Andy, the intrepid banister climber

70 year-old long-time Oxfam supporter, Andy put his own spin on the 2.6 Challenge to raise money for Oxfam. As an experienced climber, he decided to rock the home bouldering lockdown craze and climb the inside of his house 26 times without touching the stairs!

70 year-old Andy climbing his bannister

Image: Andy Hemsted

“As a boy, I climbed lots of trees, it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. I’m lucky that I can carry on climbing at my age,” Andy says.

“My wife and I have supported Oxfam for many years, but now Oxfam is losing revenue as shops are closed and events cancelled. At the same time there are crises all round the world due to Covid-19, in countries which have far fewer resources than the UK, so that’s what drove me to fundraise.”

“I’ve climbed in the Dolomites and Snowdonia, but the banister will have to do for the time being until we are allowed to travel again”.

We’re pleased to say he completed it in record time and is safely back on solid ground.

2. Strictly’s Katya Jones made 26 upcycled face masks

For her 2.6 challenge, BBC’s Katya completed the incredible task of making 26 face masks out of sustainable clothing.

3. Sydney the dachshund catches a ball 26 times

“Sydney the dachshund here. One of my humans has decided I should take part in the 2.6 Challenge. So today I am going to fetch a ball 26 times,” said Sydney.

“Easy you say! Well no. I am not a retriever or a spaniel. I’m a dachshund and I really don’t do fetch. I do pick up the ball and run off with it. I do pick up the ball and drop it on the way back. I do pick up the ball and hurtle back but then get distracted on the way. It’s a dachshund thing – I know what to do but it all depends if I want to…or not…”

4. Triplets celebrate their Earth Day birthday with 26 climate pledges

Triplets Max, Seb and Saskia as kids

Image: Rem and Tessa Van Woerkom

Triplets Max, Seb and Saskia raised over £750 by making climate-friendly changes to their lifestyle.

“We decided to combine the 2.6 Challenge, Earth Day and our birthdays all into one… and together we are making 26 climate pledges in support of Oxfam’s coronavirus appeal. We all saw just how easy it is to make and stick by our climate change pledges and we now have pledges that we will stick to for our daily lives” says Max, 22, from Oxfam’s Supporter Relations team.

5. Kids in charge for 26 hours

 

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Yesterday the boys took on the 2.6 Challenge in aid of raising funds for @oxfamgb They were in charge for 26 hours from 9am yesterday morning. I’ll be honest, it soon became apparent to Tye and I that actually the day wasn’t too dissimilar to every other day- proving that the kids are probably in charge for most of the time 🙈🙄 Either way it was their opportunity to make some of their own decisions knowing we couldn’t say no! (Within limits of course!) THANK you to everyone that has supported by donating to our justgiving page. It’ll remain open for the time being. But for now, take a look at what we got up to yesterday and the make-over Stanley gave me🤦🏼‍♀️🤣 #twopoinsixchallenge @oxfamgb @oxfamchallenge #kidsincharge #momblogger

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Supporer Laura Rutherford was extremely brave with her 2.6-based challenge. She let her kids take charge for 26 hours. Needless to say, there were lots of sugary treats involved, and even a foot massage.

6. Caroline Jones styled one shirt 26 ways

 

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🏁♻️🏁♻️🏁♻️🏁♻️🏁♻️🏁♻️ And finally….. 💥Outfit No.26💥 . One shirt styled 26 ways, all secondhand ♻️finds for #twopointsixchallenge. Thank you SO much for all your comments, I’ve loved setting myself this creative challenge, getting my ‘face on’ and delving into my rails. I hope it’s inspired you to open your wardrobe and see the styling possibilities that you too can create, very often there’s more to a piece of clothing than first meets the eye. . . Special thanks to my daughter Mary (16) who acted as time keeper, social content project manager and my “yep/NO WAY!” style advisor and to my husband Rod, for the loan of the shirt, I’m going back in for another rummage 🔍♻️ . 👉If you would like to make a donation to your chosen charity in these really difficult times the link is in my bio👈 Caroline x . ♻️wearing: @jaeger shirt and gold bangle @oxfamgb finds. Netted @pimkie skirt with constellation beading, Carvela for @kurtgeiger sandals both @crukshops finds. Ribbon (one previous Gen Z owner), watch and knickers model’s own. #knickersmodelsown #teamoxfam #foundinoxfam #cancerresearchuk #jaeger #carvela #kurtgeiger #jaegerstyle

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Caroline showed us how to style one shirt 26 ways, using all second hand finds.

“I loved setting myself this creative challenge, getting my ‘face on’ and delving into my rails. I hope it’s inspired you to open your wardrobe and see the styling possibilities that you too can create. Very often there’s more to a piece of clothing than first meets the eye.”

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