Sam & Libby our fundraising superstars!!

When Sam and Libby found out about the work we do at Lakeside and the fact we needed funds to build a new school facility and secure the sites future, they decided they wanted to help in some way and chose to do a sponsored skydive with the Red Devils.

The skydive took place in Nottingham on 24 July and raised an amazing £1089 for the appeal. Sam commented, ‘it was an incredible, crazy, terrifying experience and I’m so pleased that I did it, but don’t currently have any plans to do it again!’

As a thank you for their amazing efforts we will be naming a bedroom after them in the completed campus. Here is the link if you would like to make a last minute donation

Sam and Libby we salute you and can’t thank you enough.

A big thank you to our supporters who made the Yes Chef! event a success for the Changing Young Lives Appeal

On the 3rd May the YMCA Yes Chef event cooked up a storm and raised over £70,000 for the YMCA Lakeside Stoller Campus. Top chefs Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Simon Shaw, Andrew Green, Adam Reid and Simon Rogan gave their time for free to support the Yes Chef event. With the help of students from Blackpool and Fylde College, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester College and Lakes School of Hospitality Management they served up an evening of delicious food and entertainment for 560 guests over 3 venues – Kendal College, Bartle Hall Preston and the Monastery Manchester.

It was an amazing evening supported by none other than Mary Berry herself who attended the Manchester venue and was signing copies of her latest books. However, the fundraising is not over yet!  The YMCA will continue working to secure the last slice of funding required to reach our target of £6.8M. During the evening the Yes Chef diners were introduced to our Sponsor a Bed campaign, with several guests snapping up the first of limited opportunities to Sponsor a Bed in the new Lakeside Stoller Campus.

This sponsorship opportunity has a unique way of saying thank you to sponsors and they will recognise kind contributions by incorporating family, business, school, college or individual names into a bespoke design on a special featured thank you wall, situated in the most prominent area of the new building, looking out across the stunning Lake Windermere and the mountains.

The Sponsor a Bed campaign has now officially launched publicly following the Yes Chef event.  For more information and to submit a donation please visit:

The Lakeside Stoller Campus is a bespoke school’s facility which will replace the current accommodation on the YMCA Lakeside site.  The Lakeside Stoller Campus facility will be on the banks of Lake Windermere. During the past 50 years YMCA Lakeside has given over 1 million children and young people the chance to take part in activities to improve life skills, become more confident and take part in outdoor education activities to prepare them for their future lives.  The new Lakeside development is due to open in in March 2019.

Skydive to Change young lives

Take on the challenge of a lifetime from 10,000 ft!

Enjoy the exhilarating and unforgettable feeling of a skydive – flying through the clouds from over 10, 000 ft at up to 120 mph!
YMCA Fylde Coast are looking for thrill-seeking fundraisers to take on this once in a lifetime challenge and if you raise enough sponsorship, you can jump for free!

You will be strapped to your qualified British Parachute Association tandem instructor who does all the hard work for you, leaving you to enjoy the invigorating feeling of freefalling before gliding to the ground!

More experienced? Try Static Line where you will complete a solo jump from 3,000ft, with your parachute pulled automatically as you leave the aircraft, or the Accelerated Free Fall, with the thrill of skydiving solo from up to 12,000 ft!

You can jump from any one of over twenty BPA approved airfields across the UK and no experience is necessary as you will be given training before your jump.

This incredible challenge will give you the biggest adrenaline rush you could ever imagine and you soar through the air knowing that you have helped raise invaluable funds for YMCA Fylde Coast.


Register your interest here to find out more