The 2.6 Challenge is a new, national campaign that aims to help charities that are missing out on their usual fundraisers this year.

We'd like to say a big well done and of course thank you, to those that chose to use this challenge to fundraise for Support in Mind Scotland. 

In total, we had four different fundraisers that raised an amazing total of £1,242! Across the four, there was 62 different donations given, and we're so grateful to you all. 

Fi's 26 mile indoor cycle

Fi is a loyal support of SiMS and did the 2.6 challenge on top of already taking part in our 100 Streets Challenge

"Mental health issues can impact on any of us. As we are all in the middle of lockdown due to COVID-19, the impact upon us all immense, particularly on our mental health. Also, those on the front line treating those with the virus and dealing with the issues that brings will impact on their mental health.

Now and going forward we will have to look after our mental health more than ever. As such I am fundraising to help any of us that need and will need the work of this great organisation.

Meantime, look after yourselves and be gentle with yourselves."

Fi finished her cycle in an impressive 1hr 57 mins, with 627 calories in total burned! Thank you for your continued support Fi, and we hope you treated yourself to something nice to get those calories back! 

Maria & James 26 mile cycle  

Maria, SiMS's Digital Officer, and her flatmate James (both pictured above), cycled 26 miles to Queensferry Bridges and back to Bruntsfield. Between them, they raised over £650. 

"I couldn't have bought my second-hand bike at a better time - right before lockdown started. Getting out to cycle for my daily exercise has really helped me keep my mood lifted. Of course, the big cycle for the challenge left me more tired than most, but I was really glad to be able to do something for the charity and those that need mental health support."

Michael's 26 Mile Cycle in 2.6 hours!

Michael's 26 mile cycle spanned over Symington - Biggar - Broughton - Dreva Road - Dawyck - Drumelzier - Broughton - Coulter - Symington via St John's Kirk, doing so over the course of a few days. He also set himself the extra goal of doing this in under a total time of 2.6hrs, which he achieved!

"Home 4.37pm 5mins ahead of schedule. Thanks to everyone for getting behind Support in Mind Scotland. Very grateful indeed for this generous response!"

Thank you Michael!

Thank you to everyone who got involved and donated, your support is always appreciated but during these times of hardship it is especially valuable.

If you missed out on the 2.6 Challenge, there's still time to take part in our annual campaign - the 100 Streets Challenge. The challenge is still doable with within the rules of lockdown, and can be a great way to put a fresh spin on your daily exercise allowance. Just walk, run or cycle 100 streets before 10 October!
If you have another fundraising idea all of your own, we'd love to hear it! Just send an email to [email protected]