How Fifers responded to a 2.6 fundraising challenge during lockdown

People came together from across Fife to take part in the 2.6 challenge. Pictured are the Raeburn family from Kirkcaldy.People came together from across Fife to take part in the 2.6 challenge. Pictured are the Raeburn family from Kirkcaldy.
People came together from across Fife to take part in the 2.6 challenge. Pictured are the Raeburn family from Kirkcaldy. | User (UGC)
Big-hearted locals in Kirkcaldy have been clowning around to raise much-needed funds for a worthy cause.

Fifers stepped out on Sunday to take part in the 2.6 challenge set up by organisers of the London Marathon as a way to support and fundraise for charities.

A host of voluntary organisations took a hit when the annual event was postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown.

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So instead of pounding the streets of London, locals were challenged to complete a marathon in 26 minutes by adding up all the individual distances travelled in 26 minutes.

People from across Fife took part in the 2.6 challenge. Pictured are the Braid family - Gary, Rebecca, Emily and Archie - who own the Roasting Project in Burntisland.People from across Fife took part in the 2.6 challenge. Pictured are the Braid family - Gary, Rebecca, Emily and Archie - who own the Roasting Project in Burntisland.
People from across Fife took part in the 2.6 challenge. Pictured are the Braid family - Gary, Rebecca, Emily and Archie - who own the Roasting Project in Burntisland. | User (UGC)

People were asked to do their daily exercise dressed in bright clothes or fancy dress, wear face paint or wigs and record how far they travelled.

They did it in their house, their garden, their streets...all following the social distancing guidelines.

Some locals in Kirkcaldy, including members of the Raeburn and Braid families, signed up for the 2.6 challenge to raise money for the Hearts and Minds healthcare charity which uses the art of therapeutic clowning to bring laughter to children in hospital, hospice care, and special educational need schools and to adults living with dementia in residential care.

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Rebecca Simpson, CEO of Hearts and Minds, said: “Everyone got really behind the campaign and took part on their own but also with their families. They were inspired by the clowndoctors who made them smile.”

Mirren McEwan from Kirkcaldy.Mirren McEwan from Kirkcaldy.
Mirren McEwan from Kirkcaldy. | User (UGC)

She added that the Fifers who took part have raised over £4000 for the charity.

To find out more visit: www.heartsminds.org.uk

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