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Romford Pictures: Romford YMCA celebrates YMCA England’s 170th anniversary

09:49 18 June 2014

YMCA staff and members of the public making a Y for YMCA

YMCA staff and members of the public making a Y for YMCA

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A balloon release was held to mark a significant anniversary for a well-known charity.

The balloon releaseThe balloon release

The Romford YMCA let 170 red balloons go outside its Rush Green Road base to celebrate YMCA England’s 170th anniversary.

Staff, residents, members and pre-school children all came together for a special tea and the youngsters also took part in their own mini balloon release.

Sara Colenutt, communications and events coordinator at the Romford YMCA, said: “The celebrations went really well and we are looking forward to seeing which balloon travels the furthest.”

The event was not only held to mark the anniversary; it was staged to coincide with the global YMCA’s World Challenge 2014.

Members of the public Irene Jackson, Doris Williams, Jean Wardell and a woman who did not wish to be named celebratingMembers of the public Irene Jackson, Doris Williams, Jean Wardell and a woman who did not wish to be named celebrating

Like other YMCAs worldwide, the Romford branch encouraged residents to sign a petition in support of young people.

Sara said: “Staff and residents worked really hard and gathered well over 300 signatures, which will form part of the declaration that will be presented to leaders of the community, country and the United Nations.

“It is an effort by the world YMCA movement to amplify the voices of young people.

“The event was all in all a big success which we hope can make a difference to our young people.”

You can still sign the petition at challenge.ymca.int.

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