The year 2020 was challenging to say the least, but it didn't stop #TeamRNIB coming together to support people with sight loss.
Last 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 to share their experiences. This wouldn’t have been possible without our participants and it comes at a time when our services are needed more than ever.
We kicked off the year with the 2.6 Challenge which saw members of #TeamRNIB 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 last 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 hats off to our #TeamRNIB superstars who completed their very own versions of these impressive races in their local areas.
We can’t forget our thrill-seeking members of #TeamRNIB who took the plunge and completed tandem skydives. Our Big Jump was a little smaller last year, but we’re thrilled that it will be back with a bang in June 2021. Wherever you are in the UK, start the summer off with this unforgettable experience. Check it out and sign up now.
Finally, 2020 saw the launch of our brand-new virtual running challenge Marathon Mates. Across the country, 220 participants teamed up to split a marathon distance over the month of September, and collectively covered more than 2,000 miles.
Although we weren't together last year, we’ve never felt a stronger sense of community across #TeamRNIB.
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 proved 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 join #TeamRNIB as we take on our next big challenge!