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Local Plumber powers his way to Gold

Date: March 29, 2018

To Redhill resident, Malcolm Bainbridge, age is just a number. He proved it earlier this month in Helsingborg, Sweden, when he took the title of European Masters Powerlifting Champion in the 70-80 year category.

Attending the Championship event with fellow powerlifter and friend, Kevin Payne, 73-year-old Malcolm won an individual gold medal for the deadlift, along with two bronze medals for the bench press and the squat. His combined score for these lifts gave him the overall gold and confirmed his title.

A local plumber, Malcolm trains at the YMCA East Surrey gym in Redhill, where he has found support among the fitness staff and gym members.

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YMCA East Surrey raises £15,000 for young, homeless people through Sleep Easy event

Date: March 5, 2018

After a week when much of Surrey suffered in the grip of snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures, 42 local people have helped to raise more than £15,000 for YMCA East Surrey by sleeping rough for a night.

While many closed the door on the wintery weather and huddled in by the fire, a group of brave Challengers joined us on Saturday 3 March to help raise the profile of youth homelessness. Their DIY beds for the night were made from cardboard and they slept under the stars at the Merstham Community Hub.

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Building work starts on YMCA’s new Inclusive Sports Facility

Date: February 22, 2018

After three years of intensive fundraising, YMCA East Surrey began work this week on their new Inclusive Sports Facility.

“We are absolutely thrilled to get to this point,” said YMCA Chief Executive, Ian Burks. “The project has taken more than six years of planning, so it’s an immensely exciting time for us as we finally dig the first foundations of this innovative new building on our Princes Road site in Redhill.”

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Local People Dorking Youth Meet Up welcomes Olympic Rower

Date: December 13, 2017

We were delighted to welcome Olympic silver medallist, Gillian Lindsay, to our Tuesday Youth Meet Up this week.

Part of the Local People Dorking project and funded by the Youth Sport Trust, the Meet Ups offer young people, who are aged 12 to 16 years, regular social events at the Harvest Community Church, Stubs Hill, and the opportunity to meet new people and develop their leadership skills.

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YMCA Santa Run 2017

Date: December 11, 2017

The Surrey Santa is a hardy breed. Almost 1,000 red-suited runners converged on Reigate’s Priory Park on Sunday 10 December for YMCA East Surrey’s annual Santa Run.

“We are humbled by the support that this event engenders every year,” said YMCA Chief Executive, Ian Burks. “Whether children have pestered their parents, or the parents have encouraged their children to take part, we have welcomed more runners than ever before, despite some of the worst weather we’ve had yet.”

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