Maqsood and his guide runner Donna

2020 has been a challenging year, but it hasn’t stopped Team RNIB coming together to support people with sight loss.

This year an incredible 500 people joined us as they took on epic challenges for RNIB raising nearly £300,000. That’s enough to run 10,000 Talk and Support sessions where blind and partially sighted people can connect with others online and by phone and share their experiences. This wouldn’t be possible without our participants and it comes at a time when our services are needed more than ever. 

The 2.6 Challenge

We kicked off the year with the 2.6 Challenge which saw the members of Team RNIB roll up their sleeves and get creative. From cycling 26km a day for 26 days, to taking 2,600 penalty kicks, there was no shortage of imagination and enthusiasm.  

Many of our most popular events went virtual this year including Ride London My Ride, the Great North Run Re-Imagined and finally the epic Virtual London Marathon. These challenges are no mean feat even when you’ve got thousands of people cheering you on, so our hats go off to our Team RNIB superstars who completed their very own versions of these impressive races in their local areas.

Jack in mid air skydiving as part of the Big Jump

The Big Jump

And we can’t forget our thrill-seeking members of Team RNIB who took the plunge and completed tandem skydives. Our Big Jump was a little smaller this year, but we’re thrilled that it will be back with a bang in March 2021. Wherever you are in the UK, start the year off with this unforgettable experience. Check it out and sign up now.

 

Barrie de Suys
Marathon Mates

Finally, 2020 saw the launch of our brand-new virtual running challenge Marathon Mates. 220 participants teamed up across the country to split a marathon distance over the month of September, and collectively covered more than 2,000 miles.

Although we haven’t been together this year, we’ve never felt a stronger sense of community across Team RNIB as we have in 2020. 

So thank you to everyone who took part. The nearly £300,000 raised is more important than ever as we continue to find solutions to the new challenges people with sight loss are facing as a result of coronavirus.

The class of 2020 have proven themselves in the toughest of circumstances; we can’t wait to see what the class of 2021 will achieve. Check out our 2021 events and be part of Team RNIB as we take on our next big challenge!