Intrepid Walkers beat the heat in the DownsLink Challenge

DownsLink Challenge finishers

On Saturday 16th July, almost 80 participants took on the DownsLink Challenge, walking 17.5 miles along the Downs Link Pathway between Horsham and Shoreham to raise money to help us put young people facing homeless back on the path to independence.

We want to say a HUGE congratulations to everyone that took part, and thank you to those who volunteered, donated or helped out in any way. It was an amazing success, and we are delighted to announce that we have raised a massive £13,000 so far! And it’s not too late to support us – visit: YMCA DownsLink Challenge 2022 – JustGiving

DownsLink Challenge photos walkers medals and team photoThe ‘Challenge’ element of the DownsLink Challenge came to pass with the sun beating down, but the participants took it in their strides (literally) and everyone made it to the end!

The biggest team on the day was made up of our own staff, trustees and residents who took on the challenge together. One of our residents Josh came home first and we celebrated his achievements with drums, water pistols and cheers! Josh wanted to take part to raise awareness of youth homelessness and how it can happen to anyone. He’s grateful to us for giving him a home and helping him to get his life back on track. Thanks to the support he’s received, including help with training and employment, he’s looking forward to moving on into his own flat.

As well as our many YMCA colleagues and young people who took on the challenge, 15 local businesses also braved the heat, with some walking in teams and other’s supporting on the route.

We also want to say a HUGE thank you to the amazing volunteers who supported us, without them the event would not have been the success that it was!

We have lots of lovely photos from the day on our YMCA DownsLink Group Facebook page, check them out here and try to spot yourself if you took part! FACEBOOK PAGE

DownsLink challenge participants walking

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