Langley Green does the 2.6 Challenge

Two weeks ago, staff and service users at Langley Green participated in a week of activities for the 2.6 Challenge, raising over £1,100.

The 2.6 Challenge was a virtual fundraising event that was created in the wake of the cancellation of races up and down the country. These races are vital income for many charities, including Heads On, so the charity community in the UK got together to make an event that anyone could do anywhere (socially distanced, of course) to raise money for their chosen charity. The idea was to complete any activity using the numbers 2 and 6, and people certainly got creative!

At Langley Green, everyone got involved, including the Estates and Facilities team, who completed 26 laps of the wanderloop, the path that runs around the whole of the outside of the hospital. One member of the team even did 26 star jumps!

Coral Ward and Jade Ward Matron Alice ran 2.6 miles for the challenge, and a member of staff from Jade Ward ran 2.6km. James Meade, who ran Brighton Half Marathon for Heads On in February, and who was going to run the full Brighton Marathon in April before it was cancelled, kept his running legs going by completing a 5k run.

The fun continued on the wards with the patients. Coral Ward staff ran a 26 minute HIIT workout for patients, whilst Amber Ward did 26 press ups and 26 second headstands. Amber Ward also had fun in the sun by throwing 26 water balloons, and drawing 26 rainbows in chalk in the garden. Staff also tried to eat 26 Haribos at one time, and taught patients to say hello in 26 different languages.

Opal and Amber Ward teams swapped wards for 26 minutes to get to know the patients better, and Opal Ward made 26 cupcakes to share. Lots more activities were completed by Opal Ward - their list was 26 items long!

Langley Green smashed their fundraising target, and had loads of fun along the way. If you would like to fundraise for Heads On, please email headsoncharity@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk. Please be wary of social distancing and lockdown rules - the more creative the better!

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