The 2.6 Challenge for Leo’s!

18th April 2020

COVID-19 has hit the charity sector significantly, with support work being moved online, and fundraising grinding to a halt, now is a crucial time to help out your local charity.

We stop for nothing at Leo’s, not even a pandemic stops us from providing support and care for our neonatal families. We are still working, still caring for families, still cooking up ways to get mental health and practical support to our families.

But, what has stopped is all of our fundraising, the big events we had planned, and our awareness week.

Here’s where we need your help! The team at The London Marathon have put together a rather nifty 2.6 Challenge, where charity supporters are encouraged to do 26 or 2.6 of something and be sponsored for it.

From Sunday 26 April, the public is asked to whip up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to save the UK’s charities. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

The 2.6 Challenge is a simple and fun way for everyone to do their bit to help save the UK’s charities.

The challenge runs from Sunday 26th – Thursday 30th April and it’s down to you to get creative, set you goal and raise funds!

Why do a 2.6 challenge for Leo’s?

We are the largest provider of vCreate in the UK. This picture and video messaging service is crucial for families in our region to get updates on how their baby is doing in the NICU. We provide this service at The James Cook University Hospital, Darlington Memorial, The University Hospital of North Durham & Sunderland Royal.

We are the only provider of heartbeat bears for neonatal units in the UK. A heartbeat bear captures baby’s heartbeat whilst on the NICU and is given to parents / carers to use to help with separation anxiety when they can’t be there.

We are the only neonatal charity in the North East to provide a dedicated Occupational Therapy service which aids baby’s development after a NICU stay.

We are the only peer support provider in the North East.

We run weekly groups (when the pandemic isn’t happening!) where families can attended funded yoga, sign language, sensory play and more.

We have adapted accordingly to the pandemic and moved the following services online: Peer support, OT, Yoga, first aid, sign language and meditation. Our closed group ‘ The Cub Club’ is a safe place for families to get support.

We set up a dedicated staff wellbeing support service with Alex Mancini.

Everything we offer to families is free at the point of delivery, and they can receive support from us in maternity, in neonates and in the community.

With 1 in 7 babies needing a neonatal stay in the UK, and many of our board have spent time on a neonatal unit or work within maternity, neonates or paediatrics, we are well equipped to understand the needs and demands of our families.

Our motto is #WeveGotYou, and we have got our families now more than ever.

If you want to be super super amazing and set up a 2.6 challenge for Leo’s head to to set up your fundraising page today!

Make sure you share with us what you’re doing and we can cheer you on all the way!

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