The DownsLink Challenge is back by popular demand! 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.

What we do:

We prevent youth homelessness through accommodation, support and advice. Every night we provide a safe home to over 750 young people in your community. Each and every one has faced serious challenges in their lives. No young person chooses to be homeless.

Why take part?

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.


Once you have entered come back and set up your JustGiving page here!

Step out with us and together we can end youth homelessness!

Key details:

Date: Saturday 16th July 2022

From: Southwater Country Park, Horsham

To: Adur Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Registration fee: £20 per person

Minimum Sponsorship: £75 per person

Event type: 17.5 mile walk, mostly flat

What's included in the registration fee and what to expect on the day:

  • 1X Free YMCA DownsLink Challenge t-shirt
  • Water at aid stations, fruit and energy bars
  • Medical assistance, if needed
  • A clearly marked route
  • Support and enthusiasm along the way
  • Dedicated aid stations along the route
  • A medal at the end to celebrate your achievement!
  • A goodie bag
  • More questions? Check out our FAQs page

Set up your YMCA DownsLink Challenge JustGiving page

Start planning fundraising ideas - to get you started we've developed a fundraising pack, full of ideas

Can you help us reach our target?


Who will benefit from the funds raised?

Thanks to people like you the funds raised from last year's YMCA DownsLink Challenge went towards supporting YMCA DownsLink Group's mission to end youth homelessness through our accommodation, support and advice projects in addition to supporting the charity so we can continue to put on events like this and raise more money all in aid of tackling the route causes of youth homelessness.

Jack's dad kicked him out when he came out as gay, could you help someone like Jack? Hear his story in the video below:

Want to take part in your own space?

We welcome supporters wanting to walk or run closer to home and in their own time, with a remote YMCA DownsLink Challenge! Below are links to some suggested walking routes across our localities, or feel free to make use of your own garden or treadmill. However you choose to take part, every step will go a long way to supporting homeless young people.

Click the links for suggested walking routes in East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton & Hove or Guildford.

Set up a JustGiving page to track your fundraising!

Read our stories to find out how your support makes a difference:

Daniel’s story

What does Chaplaincy really mean to the young people we support? One resident, who has recently ‘moved on’ to a transitional property from a Foyer, explained the difference Chaplaincy made to him.

Read More

Rukshi’s story

Rukshi was left homeless at 20 and lost custody of her daughter during a couple of difficult years. She’s now living in our 24 hour supported accommodation and has begun to rebuild her life and her relationship with her daughter.

Read More
Becky's Story

Becky’s story

Becky is 19 and left home after her Dad’s drinking became too much for her to cope with. Her mum died when she was 10 and her Dad turned to alcohol to deal with his grief. She moved in with her boyfriend at 17 as a way to get away from her Dad, but when that didn’t work out she found herself facing homelessness.

Read More



Check out our FAQ page and if your query isn’t found there please email: [email protected] 


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.

Scroll to Top