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Why I'm taking on the Together for 30 challenge

Our Chief Executive David Woolley is doing our #YVC30 Together for 30 anniversary challenge – he'll be running, cycling, swimming (and no doubt walking at times!) his 30 miles while meeting up with people who have been a special part of our 30 year journey. The challenge is all about raising funds for our charity and encouraging people to get together after so much time apart. Learn more in this blog post from Dave.

"I can't believe we're celebrating our 30th anniversary! It seems only five minutes since we spent a wonderful evening at the Sage Gateshead to mark our 25th anniversary - how the world has changed since then. We've demonstrated real resilience over the last three decades, never more so than in the last 18 months, and it’s a testament to our incredible staff and volunteers that we have continued to learn and grow as an organisation. We serve some of the most vulnerable people in society and I'm incredibly proud of the difference we have made, and continue to make, through what have been some very challenging times.

"Our new Together for 30 anniversary fundraising campaign serves to highlight one of the key issues that have affected our beneficiaries. Many of the people we have supported over the years have experienced social isolation, and the impact of Covid and multiple lockdowns has made this situation worse. We wanted to highlight this issue, as well as show people the work our organisation does to connect people and the difference this can make.

"I'll be taking up the Together for 30 challenge by delivering awards to some of the people who have had a big impact on our organisation over the past 30 years as a way of recognising their contribution to what we’ve achieved. I'll be running, cycling, swimming (and no doubt walking at times!) to reach my target of 30 miles, and I'll be making sure that I drag some volunteers along with me to share my journey!"

Find out more about Dave's challenge, how to sponsor him and how to get involved yourself if you are interested at


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