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YMCA Norfolk issues 160 charity challenge

YMCA Norfolk has launched a bid to find 160 people who are prepared to undertake a charitable challenge to raise funds in celebration of the organisation’s 160th anniversary.

Members of staff at the Christian charity have themselves already signed up for sky dives, team hikes, bike rides and the London Marathon and now friends and supporters are being invited to join in the fun by undertaking their own charitable endeavour, however small or ambitious as part of Challenge 160.

This year, YMCA Norfolk is marking 160 years of service to the Norfolk community, and it hopes to find 160 people to join in the challenge, doing whatever kind of activity they enjoy to raise some much needed funds for its vital work with homeless and vulnerable young people across the county.

YMCA Norfolk CEO, Tim Sweeting, has started the ball rolling by signing up for the London marathon in April.

“Every member of the YMCA team has a target for fundraising that pays for some of the personal development activities we do with homeless young people, so I wanted to make sure I was doing my bit for this great cause too,” said Tim.

Challenge160Logo300“It has been tough pounding the streets over the winter months but I have had lots of encouragement from experienced runners and all the people who have sponsored me, which has really helped me keep motivated.

I keep coming back to the fact that a few achy joints is nothing compared to what homeless young people have to go through and I am sure that thought will help keep me going when the going gets tough on the big day,” said Tim, who you can sponsor at: www.justgiving.com/Tim-Sweeting/

Other members of staff who have pledged to join in the fun include Anthony Spry and Charlie Wall who are bravely doing a sky dive in April, Martin Rye who is leading a YMCA Team Hike, Abi Canham who is doing the Jurassic Coast Walk and Kevin Dynes and Joe Bickerstaff who are planning a special YMCA 160km Tour De Y Norfolk cycle ride around the county on May 28.

People can sign up for any organised charitable event and then donate their sponsorship to YMCA Norfolk or create their very own charity challenge.

Ideas for challenges include the Tour De Broads cycle challenge in August, the Run Norwich 10k or YMCA Norfolk’s own Sleep Easy event.

To find out more visit YMCA Norfolk

You can use the YMCA Norfolk Virgin Giving page to set up your own online sponsorship page.

Pictured above is YMCA Norfolk CEO, Tim Sweeting, who is set to run the London Marathon.


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