To mark our Founder’s Day celebration, YMCA East London staff and residents are walking to St Paul’s Cathedral churchyard, as are staff and residents from YMCA London South West and YMCA West London.
We want to create a memory maker, symbolising our coming together from different areas of London, following our merger with YMCA London South West and the planned merger with YMCA West London.
Although the YMCA has changed considerably since it was founded in 1844 by George Williams, our guiding principles remain the same. From small beginnings, the YMCA Movement has grown to become one of the biggest Christian charities in the world working in over 119 countries reaching 58 million people worldwide.
By 1894, The YMCA had become so significant that its 50th anniversary was marked with George Williams receiving a knighthood from Queen Victoria and the Freedom of the City of London. Sir George died in 1905 and was laid to rest in the crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral.
When our walkers reach St Paul’s Cathedral we will share a prayer next to George William’s plaque, followed by lunch together.
Why not look out for our staff and residents along the way? Give them a wave and a clap in support! The walkers will be leaving YMCA East London at approximately 10.30am
There will be refreshments along the way and the social media hashtag for the event is #YMCAwalk.