21st April 2020

Swindon based business Youth Adventure Trust  are calling on all Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce business super heroes to join the 2.6 challenge.

On Sunday 26th April (London Marathon day) a national initiative designed to support all charities will be taking place. Simply dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 that suits your skills and complete it on Sunday 26 April . It could be flipping 26 pancakes, running 2.6 or 26 miles, a family household silence for 26 (or 26 hours)…

Life in lockdown is difficult for everyone but even more so for vulnerable young people who may have difficult home environments or suffer from anxiety and depression. The Youth Adventure Trust supports these vulnerable young people through the difficulties they face in their daily lives, challenges that are wide-ranging, including bullying, behavioural issues, living in poverty, caring for a family member, social isolation and chaotic or unstable home lives.

Under normal circumstances, YAT uses a three-year programme of outdoor adventure to build hope, resilience and confidence, giving our young people the skills and aspiration to develop better futures. The programme has of been affected by the current lock down and they are moving to online mentoring to ensure they can continue to support those most at need during these unprecedented times. On average it costs £65 per fortnight to support one young person through the online mentoring scheme. Every penny raised through the 2.6 Challenge will go towards the cost of providing this service.

If every Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce business was to donate or fundraise even a small amount, more vulnerable young people in your area will be helped. Click here to get involved.