Our residents and staff raised thousands of pounds for charities facing a funding shortfall due to the London Marathon not going ahead.
When they heard the annual race was cancelled due to Covid-19, we were concerned about the good causes likely to miss out.
We decided to do something about it by joining the national 2.6 Challenge. The name reflects the 26 miles in a marathon and the date the London event would have been on – 26 April.
While respecting social distancing rules, we staged our own ‘marathon-related’ activities including 26-mile bike rides and walks, 2.6-mile runs, cookery challenges, trampolining and hula-hooping.
Head office staff raised almost £1,800 for Ringwood Food Bank while Fernhill in Longham clocked up £1,000 on its own.
At Kingfishers in New Milton, staff invited residents to take part in a 26-minute ‘seated dance’. There was also the chance to walk 26 laps of the garden.
A head office manager, Senior Buyer Tim Jones, completed a 26-hour DIY decorating challenge at his home while Operations Manager Martina Lamden cycled 26 miles on a circular route starting at Avon Cliff in Bournemouth with stop-offs at Avon Reach, Amberwood House, Fernhill, The Aldbury and Canford Chase, and then back to Avon Cliff.
At Braemar Lodge in Salisbury, colleagues completed a combined 26-mile walk through the gardens and home corridors.
Much to the delight of residents, they even incorporated their activity in an outdoor dance routine to tunes including The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles and You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers.
Resident Dennis Johnson said: “You have to feel sorry for the many charities who would have been relying on receiving money from the London Marathon. It’s great that Colten Care stepped in to do its bit, and have some fun at the same time.”
Watch the video
A short film of the 2.6 Challenge dance performance at Braemar Lodge features on our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/ColtenCare