A wheelie good challenge! - YMCA DownsLink Group

A wheelie good challenge!


Putting the ‘keen’ in cyclist, two staff members have taken on a marathon challenge, raising money for the young people in crisis we support!

Chas Walker and Pete Colmer are cycling 26 miles, 26 times over 26 days straight in June – the 26 Cubed Challenge. They are doing this as part of the 2.6 Challenge, a national campaign raising much needed funds for charities negatively impacted by the cancellation of mass participation sports events such as the London Marathon.

Not only have traditional fundraising streams disappeared, but we have seen increased demand from young people across our services and projects – with more young people presenting as homeless and many experiencing worsening mental health as a result of the uncertainty caused by this pandemic.

In his own words, Chas says:

“I am the CEO at YMCA DownsLink Group and every year we have to fundraise to ensure we can deliver all our charitable services. This year we need to fundraise £0.5 million to support our work with homeless young people, our mental health support for children, young people and families and our community youth work. With Coronavirus having a big impact on our communities, this work is more vital than ever.

“Every year I aim to personally fund raise £1000 to support our vital work. This year I am using the national 2.6 Challenge as one of my fundraising events.”

Pete adds:

“I work for YMCA Downslink Group and usually take on a challenge to raise funds for the vulnerable young people that we support. This year is no different and I propose to cycle 26 miles 26 times over 26 days. At the end of the 26 days I should have cycled at least 767 miles, that’s 1,234Km in new money!”

Find out how they’re doing! You can track Chas here and Pete here.

Have you got a challenge you’d like to complete to help support vulnerable young people? Email [email protected] to get started!


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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