Faith PR team join the 2.6 Challenge for local charity

Abigail Henderson

Brighouse agency Faith PR is taking part in the 2.6 Challenge, raising money for local charity the Nick Smith Foundation.

The team will be running, riding, dancing, baking and even striking yoga poses to raise £500 for the foundation, set up in memory of the father of two and former Rugby League player from Lightcliffe who died from motor neurone disease aged just 38.

MD and owner Stefanie Hopkins is running 26 miles over the course of a week for the challenge, a national initiative set up to raise money for charities that would have benefited from sponsorship raised in the London Marathon. The event has been postponed until October, leaving many with a huge gap in funding.

Account manager Kate Wobschall is riding 26 miles over 2.6 weeks on her two horses, while office administrator Freya Lovedale is also taking up an active challenge, walking and running 26 miles with her dogs over the same amount of time.

Senior account manager Lauren Mackenzie is striking 26 yoga poses while social and digital account manager Kirsty Perkins is completing 26 squats a day for 26 consecutive days.

Account executive and keen baker Abigail Henderson made 26 delicious buns – sadly as the team are working remotely they were unable to share them!

Account directors Emily Raleigh and Gill Bowker are both taking on 26-minute dance challenge.

Not to be outdone, the junior members of the team are joining in. Stef’s daughter Mia will do 26 backflips in a row, Kate’s son Sami is performing 26 Fortnite dances in 26 minutes, while Emily’s daughter Eliza and Gill’s daughter Olivia and Lucy are joining in the dance challenges.

Stefanie said: “The current coronavirus crisis is having a devastating effect on charities, with fundraising events cancelled and billions of pounds lost. We’re delighted to be raising money for the Nick Smith Foundation – Nick was from Lightcliffe and was well known for his love of Rugby League before he was struck down with this terrible disease.

“I’m very proud of the team, who jumped at the chance to get involved. If anyone can donate and help us reach or surpass our target we’d be very grateful.” 

The foundation was set up in memory of Nick, who died from Motor Neurone Disease just two weeks after his 38th birthday. Father-of-two Nick loved Rugby League, playing for Leeds Rhinos Academy and Sheffield Eagles as well as leading amateur side Siddal ARLFC, where he was club captain for many years and made more than 400 appearances. 

The foundation raises money for research into Motor Neurone Disease, as well as supporting bereaved children while supporting community and junior rugby league.

To sponsor the team and to help them reach theitr £500 target, please go to our JustGiving page:


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