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Silence is golden for chatterbox Haydn

For a young chatterbox, 26 minutes of complete silence can seem like a lifetime.

But when eight-year-old St Luke’s Hospice supporter Haydn Hicks said he wanted to do something for his favourite charity, he decided that silence was golden.

And the Dronfield schoolboy was proved absolutely right when his efforts raised a fantastic £100 for our patient care.

Haydn was taking part in the 2.6 Challenge, the national fundraising campaign designed to support charities whose fundraising revenues have been badly hit by COVID-19.

The 2.6 Challenge launched on Sunday April 26 and will last for the whole of the week, giving everybody the chance to follow Haydn’s lead and make a difference,

Taking up the 2.6 Challenge can be something as simple as walking or running 2.6 miles, 2.6 kms - or 26 press-ups, 26 minutes walking round the garden.

It can be a sponsored activity, or a donation -  perhaps £26 or whatever is affordable.

The challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

“I had to admit that we didn’t really think Haydn would be able to keep quiet for a full 26 minutes, we were convinced there was no way he would do it” said proud mum Lisa, who is also our Data and Supporter Experience Manager.

“We had tried to practice and he really did struggle but when it came to the day, he just did it and didn’t make a single sound - it didn’t bother him at all!

“What it proves is that if a boy of Haydn’s age can make a difference, then so can everybody.”

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