Covid-19 update April 2021: Our rehoming centres are currently closed to the public for general browsing. We’re still rehoming virtually and we’re here to help if you can no longer care for your dog. Please don’t visit, or travel to our centres unless you have already been matched with a dog, or are leaving donations at one of our contact-free drop off points.

The 2.6 Challenge

Take part today and help raise pounds for hounds!

In light of restrictions imposed due to Coronavirus, many of our fundraising challenges have been cancelled or postponed. From Sunday 26 April, the day when the Virgin Money London Marathon would have taken place, join in The 2.6 Challenge and support Dogs Trust. 

Thank you for taking the time to look at our ideas for the 2.6 Challenge. These are just suggestions of ways you can get involved. If you have your own idea or your own way of doing your activity, please go ahead, the more ideas the better! Ask your friends and family to donate £2.60 or £26 or whatever they can! All donations no matter what size will help us in the difficult time look after the dogs in our care.

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Our 26 Challenge Ideas

  1. Get involved with your dog and complete our 26 trick challenge
    We've created a list of 26 tricks, see how many you can complete with your dog.
  2. Dogs Trust Pup Quiz
    Invite 26 people to take part in our Dogs Trust Pup Quiz and ask for £2.60 entry fee. Since many of us have now been socialising online, we have produced a dog themed quiz to play virtually with your friends and family. Download the quiz and answers.
  3. Reading Challenge
    For all you budding readers out there, here is a challenge that will test your skills. Read your favourite book(s) for 26 minutes for 26 times in one day! That’s a whopping 11 hours and 26 mins of reading! For a shorter burst read for 2 hours 35 minutes.
  4. Sponsored Silence
    Could you do a 26 hour marathon of silence or maybe 2 hours 35 minutes is a challenge enough for you?
  5. Baking Challenge
    Are you the next Heston Blumenthal or Mary Berry? Could you make a cake in the shape of the numbers 2.6 but use 26 ingredients? That’s a lot of filling and toppings to get your teeth into!
  6. Gaming Tournament
    Calling all gamers! Get on Twitch and have 26 rounds of your favourite game to find the ultimate champion! Or could you do a solo challenge of 26 hours of gaming?
  7. Distance Challenge
    Run, walk or cycle for 2.6K in your local area or is this something you could do in your home or garden?
  8. Wordsmith Dog Challenge
    Write 26 poems with a dog theme or for the songwriters out there, write 26 songs that are 26 seconds long all about dogs! (For the epic writers, a song that is 11 mins 26 seconds long)
  9. Endurance Challenge
    Is 26 minutes a long time? How about 2 hours 35 minutes? Could you hula-hoop, skip or play a musical instrument for said time?
  10. The Workout
    26 minutes of one exercise or 26 exercises in 26 minutes. Here are some ideas to start with:
     - Try out 26 sofa-tricep dips
     - Hop on each leg 26 times
     - Do 26 step-ups
     - Complete 26 press ups
  11. Yoga or Pilates
    Hold a 26 minutes of Yoga or Pilates session. 
  12. Hold a Pose
    Hold a pose, like a plank for 26 seconds, or 26 minutes
  13. Rally Challenge
    Simply pass that beachball, frisbee, tennis ball or shuttlecock 26 times without dropping it – easy isn’t it? 
  14. Ball Challenge
    Be a winner! Score 26 consecutive goals, baskets or netballs.
  15. Puzzlers
    We all love a puzzle but could you do a ‘Puzzlethon’. That’s 26 crosswords, sudokus, jigsaws, wordsearches in one day! 
  16. Be a Dog!
    Spend 2 hours 35 minutes as a dog! Dress up, walk on all fours, eat and drink from dog bowls. Above all only talk with ‘woof’!
  17. World Dog Challenge
    Test your language skills and memory. Learn to say dog in 26 languages!
  18. Art Challenge
    Draw or paint 26 different dogs from our rehoming pages or any dogs you wish!
  19. Knitting Challenge
    Got knitting skills? Knit 26 squares or 26 toy dogs in a day!
  20. Singing Challenge
    Calling all vocalists! Could you sing 26 songs in a day? Or even better 26 dog song in a day! If you want to show off your skills, get on the internet and perform to your friends.
  21. Shave your head
    Is all this staying at home making you look a bit unkept or are you due that annual haircut? Get 26 people to sponsor and go for the chop!
  22. Garden Time
    Complete 26 laps of the garden on foot, running, cycling, on your scooter or on roller skates or on all fours like our canine friends!
  23. Danceathon
    Dance like no one’s watching! Take part with people at home or online and dance non-stop for 26 minutes. Go further and hold a 2 hour 35 minute dance session (take breaks in your own time)
  24. Jugglers
    Now is the time to get good! Beginners or experts keep juggling for 26 second, 2.6 minutes or 26 minutes without dropping a ball!
  25. Climbing the Stair Mountain
    Walk up and down the stairs 26 times. Maybe not a simple as is sounds!
  26. Nominate 26 friends to do the 2.6 challenge!
    Ask your friends on social media to donate £2.60 then pass it on to another 26. Let them choose an activity and get them involved!

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Share your #TwoPointSixChallenge

Once you've picked your challenge, don't forget to share it with your friends and family and ask them to sponsor you or complete their own 2.6 challenge. We'd also love to see videos and photos of you and your dog completing our 26 Trick Challenge, so tag us on social media!

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