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Call for allotment help

Date: June 21, 2018

The YMCA East Surrey allotment plot in Redhill is proving to be a valuable resource but we are in need of a helping hand – preferably with green fingers attached.

“We have a fantastic group of young people with additional needs who love getting their hands dirty on the allotment,” explains YMCA Inclusive Youth Projects Manager, John Brunswick.

“Our ‘Don’t Lose the Plot’ initiative helps the young people to learn important life skills, retain information and become active members of the local community, while providing hidden physical activity which benefits them health wise.”

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Two family doubles at YMCA Fun Run

Date: May 6, 2018

The Dunham family had good reason to celebrate the blistering Bank Holiday weekend after a father and son double win at the YMCA East Surrey Fun Run on Sunday 6 May.

Local Reigate resident Francis Dunham was the first man home in a punishing Adult 5-mile race, completing his run in 29 minutes and 39 seconds. Both his elder two sons took part in the children’s races around Priory Park, with 5-year-old Harry winning a trophy in the Under 6 1-mile.

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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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