3 June 2020

Fundraisers raise £12,000 for Brooke during 2.6 Challenge

Dozens of Brooke supporters stepped up to take part in the 2.6 Challenge in April, raising a total of just under £12,000 to help working horses, donkeys and mules around the world.

The challenge was launched on Sunday 26 April as part of the Save the UK Charities campaign from the organisers of the postponed London Marathon. The marathon is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event and its postponement, along with thousands of other fundraising events, has caused a huge loss in income for many UK charities.

To take part in the challenge, people were encouraged to get creative and come up with activities based around the numbers two and six, and fundraise or donate to a charity of their choice.

Those taking part in aid of Brooke included Gillian Twissell from Suffolk, who decided to sing ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ every morning in the bath for 26 days. She said: “I’ve no idea where the idea came from. I enjoy singing anyway and I thought, well, I can’t think of anything to do other than have a little warble somewhere and then it just occurred to me to do it in the bath!

I’m singing exactly the same song every day because the rainbow is synonymous with the time at the moment. The idea of being over the rainbow gives you a bit of hope, doesn’t it?” So far, Gillian has raised a total of £342 and you can visit her JustGiving page here

Meanwhile, vet Helen Bickerton and her 11 year old miniature Shetland pony Henry in Maidenhead have raised over £4000 after taking in an ‘alternative marathon’ together, walking the entire distance of a marathon over the course of a week. She said: “I was looking for a fun challenge that people would enjoy following on social media and suddenly I had the idea of involving Henry.  You can’t help but smile when you see his little face, and involving a pony made the challenge a little bit different and provided a link to Brooke.”

She added: “Henry’s walk can be quite slow (averages about 2.7mph) so we do a fair amount of trotting too!  I let him set the pace - since this challenge is about animal welfare it wouldn’t be appropriate to be dragging him along behind me!”. You donate to Helen and Henry's JustGiving page here.

Showing producer Sam Roberts had been due to take in the London Marathon for Brooke and, as well as completing her own personal marathon on 24 April, also took on a 2.6 Challenge. Sam rode for four hours on eight ponies, without stirrups, topping up her overall fundraising total to £3276. You can donate to her JustGiving page here

In total, the 2.6 Challenge has raised almost £11m for charities across the UK. To find out more about it, head to https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/

All the money raised for Brooke will ensure that working horses, donkeys and mules continue to receive vital treatment and support during this difficult time. Now more than ever, these animals are providing an essential role in ensuring communities in developing countries still have access to food, water and medical transport.