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Coronavirus: Harrogate and Ripon charity calls for 'Home Heroes'

Coronavirus: Harrogate and Ripon charity calls for 'Home Heroes'

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:32am 24th April 2020.

A charity on the frontline of support for older and vulnerable people in Harrogate and Ripon during the COVID-19 crisis is calling for ‘Home Heroes’

  • The Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP) is asking people to take part in a national fundraising initiative
  • The "2.6 Challenge" invites people to take part in an activity of their choice
  • Since the outbreak HELP has recruited more than 200 new volunteers 
  • It's also received over 400 requests for support 

The Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP) is asking families and individuals to take part in the national fundraising initiative, the “2.6 Challenge” to raise funds to enable them to reach out to more people in need.

Organisers of the London Marathon, which should have been held this Sunday (26th April), have developed the initiative which invites people to take part in an activity of their choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.

Lizzie Hughes, Project Development Worker, explains:

“We’re looking for Home Heroes who can create their own challenge from walking, scooting or hopping 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The good news is you don’t have to be sporty to be a Home Hero and raise money. Baking 26 cakes, holding a 26 question quiz, creating a 26 track playlist for a kitchen disco and even eating 26 ‘Marathons’ are just some of the ideas we’ve come up with.  The options are endless!”

“The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.”

As part of Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service, the County Council’s nominated Community Support Organisation supporting people during the COVID019 crisis, HELP has recruited more than 200 new volunteers and has received over 400 requests for support from people who are isolating or shielding family at home.

Lizzie continued:

“Throughout this pandemic, we’re seeing heroes at work helping to protect and supply the nation, not least our dedicated ‘Here to HELP’ volunteers. Every day they are on the front line delivering essential supplies and moral support to vulnerable people across the Harrogate district.

"Despite being needed more than ever before, charities like ours are facing a real financial challenge at the moment as community fundraising events have been cancelled and client donations have all but dried up.

"We hope people will be inspired by this challenge to raise money to help us continue to support the most vulnerable people in our community during these challenging times.”

Fundraisers for HELP can either direct donations at virginmoneygiving.com/fund/COVID-19HeretoHELP or set up their own challenge fundraising page.

For more information on the 2.6 Challenge in aid of HELP visit www.helpharrogate.org.uk/do-the-2-6-challenge-for-help