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The '26 Keep Up' Challenge

Footballer Ben Gibson encouraged fellow footballers and supporters to attempt 26 keep ups and to donate to Teesside Hospice.

Teesside Hospice Football Keep Ups
The Challenge

Loss of funding due to coronavirus

As with many charities, the coronavirus pandemic presented a challenge to Teesside Hospice.

Fundraising events had to be cancelled or taken online, which impacted on the Hospice's income. 

The Solution

A viral football-related campaign

Ambassador for the Hospice, Ben Gibson, made the most of his strong following by launching the 26 keep up challenge.

Fans and football stars took part, donated £5 and nominated friends to do the same.

What was achieved...

Over £25,000 raised

Footballers and supporters were encouraged to nominate friends to take part.

£5 suggested donation

The Hospice set a suggested donation amount to ensure the ask was as quick and simple as possible.

Target of 26 keep ups

The target of 26 keep ups was set to fit with the 2.6 challenge, which was taking place around the time.

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