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Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Edgbaston Stadium staff have covered 3,329 miles through running, walking and peddling for pounds to raise more than £6,500 with gift aid for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the NSPCC Childline service in Birmingham.

Having started in earnest on Sunday 26 April, 46 Club Staff recently finished their part in the 2.6 Challenge, which was created by the organisers of the London Marathon to help get the country active during lockdown and to support charities that has been suffering loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It’s been fantastic to see that the efforts of our Club staff have been so well recognised,” said David Clarke, Safety Officer at Edgbaston and the driving force behind the team of Club staff taking part in the 2.6 Challenge.

“We initially set targets of having 10 or so staff covering our founding year of 1882 in kilometres to hopefully raise £2,600 for our two nominated charities of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the NSPCC Childline service in Birmingham. To smash the respective targets is a fantastic effort from everyone and we are very grateful to the Bears family for such great support.”

David Clarke

The 2.6 Challenge has been one part of the Club’s fundraising efforts for its two nominated charities since the start of the lockdown process. It released its Bear & Ragged Staff charity t-shirt at the beginning of May, which features an NHS inspired design of the Club crest, which has been created by men’s First Team Coach Jim Troughton.

It is also part of the #TogetherThroughThisTest game-wide auction, with fans having the opportunity to bid for a place in the Bears playing squad on a T20 night and an ultimate hospitality package for 2021.

The Club’s wider community response to COVID-19 has seen it donate its car park at Edgbaston for use as a testing station that’s managed by the Department of Health and Social Care, whilst its Exhibition Hall is a food storage and packaging hub for the charity Thrive Together Birmingham.

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There’s still time to show your support by donating to our 2.6 Challenge and support the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the NSPCC Childline service in Birmingham.

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