Today’s the day! In celebration of five years of Waterloo Uncovered, and to mark the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, we’re finishing our 2.6 Challenge fundraising campaign with one final, marathon challenge. Read on to find out what we’ve been up to, what we’re getting up to today, and how you can support us!

Last month, we launched a brand new fundraising campaign to support our virtual Veterans’ Programme, a series of lectures and activities designed to replace the 2020 Summer Excavation postponed due to coronavirus. The 2.6 Challenge– which involves doing 2.6, 26 or 260 of anything at all to raise money – was designed to help struggling UK charities raise much needed funds in a period where mass gatherings and fundraising events have had to be cancelled. Over the last few weeks, the Waterloo Uncovered community have taken on a range of creative and active 2.6 challenges, from sketching to cycling to dressing up! We’re so grateful for all the support we’ve received so far, both from those who have taken on challenges for us and from those who have donated – if you haven’t, you can do so here. With your help, we’ve managed to raise an amazing amount so far – over £11,000!

Join us in looking back on some of our supporters’ best 2.6 Challenges, from a plethora of hats, to a mammoth pasta challenge, to some gruelling marches:

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, but we still need your help. It costs around £3,000 per beneficiary to run our Virtual Veterans’ and Serving Personnel Programme, and to provide continued support from our Welfare Team throughout the year. So far, your generosity has funded the participation of at least 3 veterans on the Virtual Programme. To raise vital funds to support more of our veteran participants, we’re taking on one final challenge!

Today, Thursday the 18th of June, is the fifth anniversary of Waterloo Uncovered, and the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. So what better day to finish our 2.6 Challenge campaign with a bang?

Today, a group of veterans, serving personnel, WU staff and community members will be completing a marathon 26 mile march in support of Waterloo Uncovered. Each team member will be taking on at least 2.6 miles, and we’ll be marching across multiple countries, including the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and the USA! To support us through the coronavirus crisis and allow us to continue our important work, please consider donating whatever you can in support of our march. You can donate here: