What is Challenge 1739?

Challenge 1739 is a fundraising event that you can really make your own. As the UK’s oldest children’s charity founded in 1739, we ask you to take inspiration from this special date to create your own challenge at home or outside on your own or with family and friends.. We want you to take something personal to us, and make it personal to you!

You have the whole month of October to complete your challenge: you could Cycle 1,739km, walk for 1,739 minutes, complete 1,739 reps of any exercise, raise £1,739, or anything else! Anyone and everyone of all ages and abilities can get involved. Just get creative and have fun!

Challenge 1739 2020 is now over - but sign up below to get updates about next year's event.

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Why should you take part in Challenge 1739?

Hear from our 2020 supporters!


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."



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