Challenge 1739

It’s back! Challenge 1739 is the fundraising event that you can really make your own. As the UK's oldest children's charity founded in 1739, we're asking you to take inspiration from this special date and take on our challenge!

What is Challenge 1739?

You have the whole month of October to complete 17 days of exercise, for just 39 minutes per day. There's no sign up fee, no fundraising target – just raise as much as you can! 

When you receive your first donation you will get an exclusive 1739 T-shirt and everyone who raises £150 or more will receive a 1739 medal of achievement. 


Sign up now to create better chances for children

For some ideas on what you could do, read on.

What is Challenge 1739?

Challenge yourself to get active for just 39 minutes per day

When? For 17 days during the month of October. 

Your challenge could include:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Squats
  • Sit ups
  • Swimming 
  • Dancing
  • Skipping

or even hula-hooping, roller blading or skipping, the choice is yours!

Sign up to Challenge 1739

Resources to help you 

Once you have signed up, take a look at our Challenge 1739 Resources page where you will find a whole host of tips and guides to help you make the most of your fundraising efforts.

Why take part in Challenge 1739?

With your help, we can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people. Hear from last year's supporters below for extra inspiration!

Kelly O’Neill

"People who know us have witnessed the life changing impact Coram can have on a family. Ours came from the team of people who worked with us through the adoption process and their continued support. We will forever be indebted to them and are privileged to be asked to fundraise and take part in Challenge 1739. When our little boy came home, life finally changed for the better. Our son saved us and is our hero. Never could we have dreamed that a child would be so perfect for us and our family. But none of this would be possible without Coram. 

"I felt an incredible sense of guilt during the lockdown; having three meals a day, having resources to home school, being able to talk to family on FaceTime, reading books, playing with my son, our family being healthy, discovering new places on our walks and genuinely enjoying our quality time together. All the while, watching the pandemic unfold, I started thinking about children in care, those who were just about to be introduced to their forever families and were now experiencing long delays and the backlog this would cause. Then I started to think about those children not in care, those who were suffering from neglect and did not have the escape of school or a safe person/place. It put a lot into perspective for me and I have been searching for a way to make a difference ever since. Last week, Coram presented to me the opportunity to fundraise. I have a target of £1,739 for the 1739 challenge, but I would like to get somewhere closer to £17,390! A little overzealous, I know, but my little boy inspires me every day and we are so fortunate to live the life we live and have each other."


 Gill McLaughlin

"I am involved with Coram in my volunteer role as a Coram Beanstalk Reading Helper. I live in Birmingham, and we have extra Covid restrictions here, as do many parts of the country. I miss my school visits very much, but don’t feel ready to return yet. This challenge is giving me an opportunity to contribute in a different way for a while, and also maintain contact with the organisation. It is a great pleasure to fundraise for this charity while enjoying the autumn outdoors. I plan to clock up a total of 17hrs 39 mins walking time during October."


So, why not join #TeamCoram for this year's challenge and help us support even more children.  

Sign up to Challenge 1739




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