News, events and schools' information for families across Bath and West Wiltshire

Bath-based charity Julian House is calling on local families and schools to take part and support them in the 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26 April.

The national challenge will see thousands of people taking part across the country and raising money for their charity of choice. Participants come up with an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to a charity of choice on or from the 26th April.  

In response, Julian House has launched a 26-day challenge activity pack aimed at encouraging school children to explore local wildlife, get creative and try out some sporty challenges, all for a good cause.

Children can follow along, choose one challenge to repeat every day, or complete a challenge then tag and challenge a friend or family member to do it after. Families can set up their own online fundraising pages to get sponsored or choose to donate to help the charity.

The challenge, which hopes to raise millions for charities nationwide, has been devised in response to the thousands of fundraising events that have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As a result of the pandemic, The National Council for Voluntary Organisations CEO, Karl Wilding, estimates that the UK charity sector will lose £4 billion in income.

The situation for Julian House is no different. Jessica Gay, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, said, “Due to the Coronavirus, the cancellation/postponement of our fundraising events and the closure of all our charity shops and bike shops, we’ve predicted an income loss of at least £200,000. This is vital income needed to fund our life saving services including our hostel and domestic abuse refuge. Demand for our services is incredibly high, and we need to keep them open to support vulnerable men and women and save lives.” 

“We hope this activity pack will inspire children to get involved and have some fun while supporting a good local cause.”

To support Julian House’s work and sign up to the challenge, click here.

For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit