Home away from home

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For anyone visiting the restaurant in YMCA Surbiton in recent years, the lovely Jean Freeman would be a familiar face. 

A New Beginning with the YMCA

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Jake Walker was just a stone’s throw away from living out his boyhood dream of joining the Royal Air Force when overnight his world was turned upside down. On New Year’s Eve in 2010 he was attacked with a bottle. A victim of unmotivated violence, he lost the sight on his right eye.

A Passion for Fitness

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Hostel residents sitting down

As I come into the Gym Manager’s office at YMCA Wimbledon, Interim Fitness Manager David Bassett, who I have a 9.30 appointment with, is nowhere to be seen. 

Vibrant, lovely atmosphere at YMCA’s Family Fun Day

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The sun was shining and the atmosphere was buzzing at last Sunday’s Family Fun Day at YMCA Hawker. Families and residents from all over the Borough made a visit the North Kingston based YMCA, where they enjoyed lots of fun activities for children and parents alike. 

Running for a Healthy Community

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Richard James Half Marathon larger - Running for a Healthy Community

On Sunday 12th October, Richard James, CEO of YMCA St Paul’s Group, will be warming up excitedly somewhere in the start field alongside nearly 16,000 other runners at the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London. 

Wayne’s World

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Hidden away in the many hallways, corridors and rooms of the hostel in YMCA Surbiton, you can find the most unexpected things. One such hidden gem is Wayne, a resident – and a fully fledged artist.