How your challenge helps
Over the last 11 years, thousands of Challenge participants have contributed tens of thousands of pounds in sponsorship to our Challenge Fund and directly benefited some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community. Most of the charity’s fundraising activities generate restricted income, linked to a particular project, but funds raised from Challenge events are particularly valuable, as they can be directed to areas they are needed the most.
We really do rely on your support to help us keep this vital working. To help you let your sponsors know the good work you will be supporting, check out our stories. These are real experiences from real people and are the most powerful way to tell others of our vital work in East Surrey.
Here is how Challenge fundraisers support us to help people.
We've got lots of ideas to help you fundraise. By far, are our stories, the most powerful to tell others of our vital work in East Surrey. Here is how Challenge fundraisers support us to help people.
Tyler is six, has disabilities and a learning age of three. He can’t read or write and,last year, his mum Trudy was at her wits’ end...more
Chante's Story at YMCA Hillbrook House:
Chante, 18, felt rejected. Faced with the possibility of homelessness or the upheaval of moving overseas, she needed a place to live...more
Emma's story at YMCA Banstead Children's Centre:
Living in Banstead, Emma, now 25, was worried about being a single mother. When her kids misbehaved, she was embarrassed, frustrated and felt incapable of dealing with the situation...more
Carla's story at YMCA Fitness Centre:
Carla, 28, was unemployed and depressed. Nicola, 60, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 22 years ago, had become despondent after losing two friends...more
Youth worker Gary and Jordan:
“Life wouldn’t be great if it wasn’t for the youth centre and Gary. I definitely wouldn’t be proud of myself and would be an extremely unhappy person...more
Andrew's story at YMCA's NextStep Housing Project:
From a successful business to bankruptcy, Andrew, 41, never thought he'd become homeless...more
Anna's story as a YMCA Challenge participant:
Challenges are a tremendous opportunity to fundraise for a charity that has invested so much into my family for the last 9 years...more