20 for twenty challenge: could you do something extraordinary to help the UK’s poorest?

calendar27 September 2016

Joseph Allison's avatar Joseph Allison

20 for twenty challenge: could you do something extraordinary to help the UK’s poorest?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for several months, you’ll no doubt have heard that this year Christians Against Poverty turns 20! And during our 20th year we’re trying to help over 20,000 people break free from poverty through our debt help, job clubs, release groups and life skills initiatives.

The thing is, transforming lives doesn’t come cheap. To fund one debt counsellor for just two days, it costs £187. And without your continued support, we could never hope to keep helping thousands of people from across the country, year in - year out.

That’s why from 3 to 23 October this year, we’re inviting everyone to get involved in CAP’s 20 for twenty challenge and do something extraordinary to help battle poverty in the UK. Here at CAP our staff have come up with all sorts of weird and wacky ideas to raise funds, from climbing 20 mountains, to sleeping in a car for 20 nights, to baking 20 apple pies. Even our own CEO, Matt Barlow, is doing his bit by living on £1 per day for 20 days. Talk about commitment!

Not your cup of tea? Why not give up something for 20 days? Get your friends to sponsor you as you go cold turkey on alcohol, smoking, coffee, meat, sugary food and drinks or whatever else you can think of – plus there’s the added bonus on living more healthily while you fundraise!  You could even add the money you would have spent on whatever you’ve given up to your total amount.

You could grow a beard for 20 days, give up your car, give up shoes or wear fancy dress for 20 days. Get silly and have fun and get your friends and family involved. Got a better idea? That’s great – get creative! With this challenge, there are tons of possibilities.

Still not sure what to do? We’ve listed lots of activities you could try at, so you’ll not be short of ideas. They’re all to do with the number 20, of course, but don’t worry if that’s too much. You can do as little or as much as you are able to raise funds. After all, every little really does help and our combined efforts are sure to make a big difference!

Once you’ve come up with a plan of action, head to to sign up and let us know what you’re doing. If your idea isn’t there just scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select the box ‘Your Choice?’ From there you’ll be taken to the form you need to fill in to take part. You’ll also need to make a JustGiving page (or similar) so people can sponsor you. It’s quick to sign up and free, so why not get started now before October comes around and start drumming up support by sharing the link with your friends, family and colleagues? The earlier you start collecting sponsors, the more money you could collect.

For twenty years, Christians Against Poverty has been teaching and helping people all around the country to get out of debt, joblessness and addictions. With your help, we’ll be able to keep helping people for many, many years to come. What could you do in twenty days to help fight poverty in the UK?

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