Launching our Spring Fundraising Appeal with the 2.6 Challenge to Raise Funds During Covid-19…can you help us?

We’re launching our Spring Fundraising Campaign: ‘Keeping in Touch, Staying Connected’, and we could really do with your help.

We’re asking our client members, carers, family, friends, staff, community and supporters to take part in the 2.6 Challenge to raise much-needed funds for Headway East Sussex so that we can continue to provide support to people living with brain injury.

Keeping in Touch, Staying Connected

Please help us keep in touch and stay connected: simply set up your fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving here.

What is the 2.6 Challenge?

The 2.6 Challenge is a nationwide campaign to save the UK’s charities. On Sunday 26 April, people from across the UK will choose to complete an activity on that revolves around the numbers 2.6 or 26 to fundraise for their chosen charities.

It’s a poignant date as it should have been the day of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event. It’s also the year that Headway East Sussex secured a place in the London Marathon; the first time in its history.

The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity should follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing, and remember to stay local.

How do I get involved?

To take part, all you need to do is choose or dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise for us by signing up and creating your own fundraising activity on our Virgin Money Giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-portal/createFundraisingPage?charityId=1018616&eventId=35005.

The activity could be anything – from riding a bike 2.6 miles or 26 miles, to creating your own 26 question quiz and asking people to donate to take part. Or doing something at home in the house or in the garden. Please take a look at some of these challenge ideas for inspiration.

Why fundraise for Headway East Sussex?

Headway East Sussex has to raise £100,000 every year to continue to serve people living with a brain injury from towns and villages across the whole of East Sussex, Brighton and wider to areas of Mid and West Sussex. This year we will need to raise far more as the pandemic has seen loss of income and postponement of all fundraising activities including the London Marathon.

Michael Gaughan, Chair of Trustees says, “Headway East Sussex is here to support people to live well but the charity itself needs support too. We are a fundraising charity and do great work with a relatively small number of committed, caring staff who understand brain injury well. Because of the challenges of Coronavirus we need to fundraise now more than ever before to keep the charity going.”

Our CEO, Jennie Musgrove explains the importance of keeping in touch and staying connected, “Headway East Sussex started as one support group in 1988 and is continually changing to reach more local people in their own communities, putting down roots in new places so people don’t have to travel so far. The Charity is proud and ambitious, keen to carry on caring and to improve and grow.

Our team is keeping in touch, checking in on the wellbeing of every client and helping everyone to stay connected, especially those who live alone. This is why our fundraising appeal focuses on keeping in touch and staying connected. Many people living with brain injury can feel isolated at the best of times, and the current situation we all find ourselves means that other people now also better understand this feeling and we hope it will encourage them to show their support. The meaning of charity has never been more important – we need this appeal to secure more supporters, more volunteers and more donations.”

We know our support makes a real difference. One client member who was diagnosed with two brain tumours said, “When I’m at Headway I don’t have to explain and I don’t have to worry that the people I’m talking to are prejudging me. I feel welcomed, I feel loved. It’s a relief.”

Get started!

Please help us by taking part or sponsoring or donating to Headway East Sussex.