The launch of a public fundraising appeal to create a new state of the art school facility at YMCA Lakeside, at a cost of £6.8M, took place on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at YMCA Lakeside, Newby Bridge.
Guests including The High Sheriff of Cumbria, Mr Alistair Wannop and representatives of local companies and the civic community were welcomed by Brian Barden, Chairman of YMCA Lakeside Sub Committee to the event where they heard more about the Lakeside redevelopment plans and about the impact the day and residential programmes have on the lives of the 7000 children and young people who currently visit YMCA Lakeside each year.
Guests were then invited to tour the site of one of the largest professional outdoor activity centres in the country where they saw schoolchildren from Dowdales School, Dalton in Furness, undertaking an obstacle course, zip wire and crate stack activity.
Guests then gathered in front of the jetty where schoolchildren from Greengate Junior School, Barrow in Furness handed a flag to the President of YMCA Fylde Coast Ian Paterson and Chief Executive John Cronin who then declared the fundraising appeal formally launched by the raising of the flag and cutting of a ribbon.
Thanks to those attending were expressed by Sam Rayner, Chairman Lakeland and a member of YMCA Lakeside Sub Committee who urged those present to consider ways in which they could support the fundraising appeal for the outstanding £500,000 and in doing so ‘ to join us in the future in seeing the new YMCA Lakeside School facility built and being enjoyed by thousands more young people’.
For more information on how you can help support the YMCA Lakeside School Facility ‘Changing Young Lives’ Appeal. Please visit www.supportlakeside.org.uk email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01253 893928