YMCA celebrates 125th Birthday

Wednesday, 20th February, 2008
Staff at Leicester YMCA will be opening the champagne to celebrate the organisation's 125th birthday this Saturday, 23rd February, the exact date in 1883 that the association was founded in Market Place. In the beginning it was concerned with the welfare of local young men, today it is a diverse charity which offers support and empowerment to many disadvantaged young people. It plays a vital role in the life and culture of the city, working in partnership with many organisations across housing, homelessness, education, child care, parenting, sports and arts.

Neil Griffiths, Chair of Leicester YMCA said, "This is an important anniversary for us, we are keen to make contact with people in the community who have been part of our history, whether as a volunteer, staff member, resident or customer. We are planning a big service at Leicester Cathedral in October to commemorate all those who have made the charity what it is today."

Leicester YMCA would love to hear from anyone who has memories or mementoes of YMCA times past, which could be included in an exhibition. Please contact Emma Knight on 0116 204 6224, history@leicesterymca.co.uk or Leicester YMCA, East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY.


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