Thank you to all our supporters who took part in the 2.6 Challenge

We loved hearing about the inventive 2.6 challenges people took on to fundraise for us. They included playing 26 games of table tennis, climbing the stairs 26 times, 26 trampoline somersaults, gardening for 26 minutes and doing a 26-minute workout. Special mention goes to Paul. Despite being in recovery from COVID-19, he managed to climb a ladder and clear out a blocked gutter for 26 seconds.

Here's Sirbrina at the start of her dizzying 26 minutes of non-stop hula hooping for the BTF! 

If you would like to sponsor their heroic efforts, you can do so here

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A message from our patron, Clare Balding, about why she's encouraging people to do the 2.6 Challenge for the BTF

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COVID-19 has had a huge impact on all our lives People affected by thyroid conditions are understandably concerned about how the virus may affect themWe are working harder than ever to support everyone who turns to us.  The pandemic is also hitting our finances – a lot! We face losing nearly 60% of our fundraising income overnight as events are cancelled. That’s why we’re inviting our supporters to take part in the 2.6 Challenge and raise vital funds for our work. 

What is the 2.6 Challenge? 

The 2.6 Challenge is a nationwide event taking place from Sunday 26th April, the date the London Marathon was planned for. All you have to do is come up with an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. 

The good news is you don’t have to be sporty to take part in a challenge. It can be anything from baking 26 cakes, holding a 26-question virtual quiz night or juggling for 2.6 minutes. All that’s required is your imagination! 

Brilliant ideas for your 2.6 Challenge 

How do I get involved? 

  1. Dream up your 2.6 Challenge  
  2. Set up your fundraising page for the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF)
  3. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you
  4. Complete your 2.6 Challenge
  5. Share your challenge on social media using #TwoPointSixChallenge and tagging @britishthyroid (Twitter) @britishthyroidfoundation (Instagram and Facebook)

How do I raise money?

You can set up your fundraising pages on  

Just Giving 

Virgin Money Giving 

Or if you would prefer not to participate in a challenge, you can simply

Donate to the BTF

What are the rules? 

The main requirements are to get involved and have fun! Please make sure you follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Your challenge should only take place with other members of your household although virtual challenges with friends are, of course, encouraged. 

How we are making a difference? 

At this worrying time, people have been turning to us for reliable information based on facts. With the support of our medical advisors we’ve been working hard to answer concerns questions about COVID-19 and the ongoing management of thyroid conditions during this crisis. These are just some of the ways we are here for everyone:

  • Our comprehensive FAQs and blogs on COVID-19 and thyroid disease are helping people find the information they need. They have been viewed over nearly 600,000 times from people across the UK and further afield 

  • Our online medical query service and helpline are here to assist and reassure worried thyroid patients   

  • Our volunteers are on hand to provide a listening ear and support over the phone  


What people say about us 

‘Thanks a million for your medical advisor's help! It is really amazing to be able to count on this reliable information in these times.’ 

‘Thank you for the updates on the website regarding the risks and reassurance around Coronavirus. Really helpful.’ 

Thank you for supporting the BTF