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In July 2012 a child visiting with a group was involved in an incident on the ‘Burma Bridge’ activity and was admitted to hospital. The actions of the YMCA staff and the attending emergency services resulted in a successful rescue and the subsequent full recovery of the child.

Winchester City Council has launched a prosecution of the YMCA on health and safety grounds and the case is being heard at Portsmouth Crown Court from 18th September 2017.

YMCA has been providing activities during the school holidays at Fairthorne Manor for nearly 40 years, offering tens of thousands of children fantastic experiences and lasting memories. We have a first class safety record and 80% of our customers return every year.

YMCA Fairthorne Group takes the issue of safety extremely seriously.  All of our activities reach national safety standards, where appropriate external approved assessors evaluate our staff members and we deliver activities in line with nationally agreed guidelines.

Children’s safety and wellbeing are of paramount importance to us and we are committed to adding value to young lives by providing experiences that challenge, enable and develop the individual in a safe and caring environment.

We are unable to make any other further comments at this time.