Event Calendar

Whatever your interest, skill level, schedule, we've got an event for you! Check out our full year calendar and take the first step in helping us end youth homelessness.

Sleep Easy 2023

Sleep Easy is a fundraising event where we ask you to give up your bed for one night, in support of young people facing the terrifying experience of homelessness every day of the year.

Take part in your own time (simply sleep anywhere but your own bed). There’s no minimum amount to raise but every pound you do could turn a person's life around.

Registration free: £0
Sponsorship minimum: £0
Difficulty: A fun event with a serious purpose, where you can help us raise awareness of the challenges homelessness can bring

Brighton Half Marathon

Sunday 26th February 2023

This scenic half marathon takes in Brighton in all its beauty. You’ll run past Brighton Pavilion Pier, Hove’s colourful beach huts, the Royal Pavilion, and the British Airways i360.

Registration free: £15
Sponsorship minimum: £195
Difficulty: Moderate

Brighton Marathon

Sunday 2nd April 2023

The Brighton Marathon offers a stunning coastal backdrop, taking runners past the best the city has to offer. Run along the glorious seafront and cross the finish line at the iconic Madeira Drive in front of thousands of cheering spectators, just in time for an ice cream by Brighton Pier.

Registration free: £20
Sponsorship minimum: £495
Difficulty: Challenging (but flat!)

Brighton Marathon ride

Sunday 2nd April 2023

A unique cycle challenge that is part of the Brighton Marathon weekend. Cyclists pass iconic Brighton landmarks on closed roads in this mass participation cycle ride.

Registration free: £25
Sponsorship minimum: £250
Difficulty: Easy for keen cyclists, moderate for others

London Marathon

Sunday 23rd April 2023

The 2023 TCS London Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 23 April and we would love to welcome you to our team.

Registration free: £100
Sponsorship minimum: £1975
Difficulty: Challenging (but what an experience!)

i360 Abseil

Thursday 18th May 2023

Abseil from 450ft above Brighton beach and take in the sweeping views of the south coast as you glide down through the open air - all whilst raising funds for our young people. We have a minimum requirement of 20 people so why get friends, family or colleagues involved!

Registration free: £40
Sponsorship minimum: £275
Difficulty: Moderate (once you start it's easy!)


Saturday 17th June 2023

We have teamed up with GoSkydive in Salisbury to offer our supporters the incredible experience of a tandem skydive. There is no experience like it… Everyone should do a skydive at least once and perhaps this is your opportunity. Before taking to the skies, Go Skydive explain the importance of safety, what to expect and teach you how to do the perfect landing!

There is nothing like the exhilaration of hitting a freefall speed of 125mph before pulling the parachute and floating slowly down with only the wind in your ears. It is something you’ll never forget. Join us on 17th June, or arrange a date more suitable for you.

Registration free: £50
Sponsorship minimum: £395
Difficulty: Actually much easier than you think!

The Downslink Challenge

Take on the 17.5-mile walk along the Downs Link Pathway (which is what we're named after!) from Horsham to Shoreham-by-Sea and help us put young people experiencing homelessness back on the path to independence.

Do it alone or in a group, we guarantee you'll have a great day all in aid of ending youth homelessness by helping us ensure all young people living with us or being supported by us move on positively and independently, forever.

Date to be confirmed

Registration free: £20
Sponsorship minimum: £75
Difficulty: Fairly Difficult - 17 Mile Walk

The 44 Challenge

Sadly, 44 is the average age of death for someone experiencing homelessness. We work tirelessly to prevent vulnerable young people (16-24) facing difficulties from becoming part of this terrible statistic.

By taking part in the 44 Challenge and fundraising for us, you will help change lives in your local community. So, will you join us and make a change that will be good for you and change the future for others?

Ongoing Event - Can be done at anytime!

Registration free: £0
Sponsorship minimum: £0
Difficulty: As hard as you want it to be!

London to Brighton Cycle

Monday 11th September 2023

On this iconic London to Brighton Cycle Ride, leave the buzz of the city behind and join thousands of fellow cyclists as you face the challenge of a 54-mile journey on two wheels, from the heart of London to the buzzing Brighton seafront!

Registration free: £55
Sponsorship minimum: £125
Difficulty: Moderate (except for Ditchling Beacon).


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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