Changing Young Lives Appeal Launches

We’re ‘Changing Young Lives’

Our ‘Changing Young Lives’ Appeal, officially launched last week. The appeal aims to raise the remaining £500,000 needed to create a new, £6.8m state-of-the-art school facility here at YMCA Lakeside.

Guests from the local community joined the High Sheriff of Cumbria, Mr Alistair Wannup, for the VIP event. Following a welcome by Brian Barden, Chairman of YMCA Lakeside Sub Committee, guests were told more about the redevelopment plans and the impact our day and residential camps have on the lives of the 7,000 children and young people who visit each year.

As the new centre will benefit school and youth groups, we invited young people from two local schools to help get our message across. Schoolchildren from Dowdales School, Dalton in Furness demonstrated our activities by taking part in an obstacle course, zip wire and crate stack. Pupils from Greengate Junior School, Barrow in Furness, then helped Ian Paterson, President of YMCA Fylde Coast, and Chief Executive John Cronin with the flag-raising and ribbon cutting ceremony that officially launch the appeal.

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Get involved in our future

Sam Rayner, Chairman of Lakeland, who is on the Lakeside Sub Committee urged those present to consider ways in which they could support the fundraising appeal, and to:  “…join us in the future in seeing the new YMCA Lakeside School facility built and being enjoyed by thousands more young people”.

You can find out more about the project at, or by calling 01539 539000 or emailing