You are amazing. Thanks to you, 40,000 local children, young people and families every year get opportunities through their community YMCA to lead happy, healthy lives. This is great news, but there are almost 1.5 million people living in Hampshire and Isle of Wight and we’d like every one of them to achieve their very best potential in life. We genuinely want to reach everybody and with your support, together we can. There’s more about how people’s lives have changed at the bottom of this page, but first here’s how you can help.

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Donate for free as you shop

Raise money every time you shop online, at no cost to you. Simply register with Give As You Live, nominate YMCA Fairthorne Group as your charity, and access your favourite shopping sites such as Amazon via their website. It really is easy-peasy!

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Take part in a YMCA Fundraising event

Bring family and friends along for a great time together and raise funds for essential programmes such as support for young people at risk of homelessness, Young Carers Festival, and bursary Daycamps places for children who just need a break from it all.

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Fundraise in your community

Why not challenge yourself to take on a sponsored walk, run, swim or cycle by joining one of the many challenges that take place across the south? Or if you fancy doing your own thing, download our fundraising pack, get creative, and have loads of fun.

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Fundraise in your workplace

Being a corporate partner is a great way to raise the profile of your business, gain excellent PR, and help demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility. Fundraising and volunteering are fantastic ways to inspire staff, build teams, and allow your business to play an active role in helping your local community. For more information or to discuss your ideas, just drop us an email at [email protected]

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Make a donation

You can donate to YMCA at any time through our JustGiving page. If you are thinking about making a larger gift, or want your money used for a specific purpose, we’d be really excited to discuss your ideas with you, just drop us an email at [email protected].

It’s also easy to donate when booking Daycamps through our online store, just enter the amount you’d like to give at checkout. Donations received through this route are used to provide bursary Daycamps places.

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Become a regular donor

By donating regularly to YMCA you secure much needed community programmes that last for the long-term. The amount you give does not need to be big to make a difference, and using direct debit means you are always in control – you can make changes or cancel at any time.

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Create a lasting legacy for future generations by leaving a gift in your will

Leaving a gift in your will is a really important and personal decision and we are here to help. We would be very pleased to discuss your thoughts with you, just send us a note at [email protected] and we’ll get in touch.

If you are considering leaving a gift in your will, we strongly recommend you speak to your solicitor to ensure your wishes will be carried out as you intend. You will need to take the following details with you:

Charity name: YMCA Fairthorne Group

Registered charity number: 1090981 (England and Wales)

Registered address: Bugle House, 53 Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2LF

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Help out as an event volunteer

Fundraising success depends on people just like you. Volunteer “Smile Makers” make our fundraising events fabulous for everyone.

Volunteering for YMCA is good as it is not always the same role. It’s nice to engage with people of all generations from many different backgrounds

Sharon, events volunteer

I volunteered at the Challenge of Challenges. I live locally and was very happy to help in the local community, and YMCA is a fantastic charity. I had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I particularly enjoyed watching families and groups all pulling together, a good fun day out.

Michelle, events volunteer

We promise we’ll do our best to make sure you have a great time, whatever volunteering role you choose. Check out our fundraising events page and if you’d like to know more, email [email protected]

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How does fundraising help people?

YMCA uses the money you raise to deliver programmes in communities throughout Hampshire and Isle of Wight that are relevant to each community’s needs. This means what we do varies hugely, and it also means that you having your say really matters to us. Examples of the changes your fundraising has helped make happen are:

Young carers had a meaningful break from their caring role at the annual Young Carers Festival View Video

Children in Southampton city centre enjoyed free summer beach activities at a pop-up “Seaside” YMCA View Video

Young people at risk of homelessness in Basingstoke, Southampton, and Isle of Wight were supported into independent living

Children who just needed a break from it all were able to escape to YMCA Daycamps thanks to a bursary

Families who are struggling to make ends meet received free meals at their local YMCA

Together we can achieve so much more

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