YMCA Newcastle celebrates its 170th anniversary

One of Newcastle’s oldest charities has celebrated its 170th anniversary with support from law firm Sintons, who has been its legal advisor for almost a century.

YMCA Newcastle was established in 1849, initially to support young Christian males, but has since broadened its remit to extend its services to all young people aged between 13 and 25 across the city. It focuses on advice and support, health and wellbeing and employability.

Founders of the charity include philanthropists Emerson Bainbridge – of the city’s famous Bainbridges department store – Charles Swan and George Hunter, founders of shipyard Swan Hunter, and founder of what is now Northumbria University, John Rutherford.

Sintons has provided legal advice and support to YMCA Newcastle since the 1920s, and also supported the charity’s milestone anniversary by becoming a sponsor of its celebration event.

The event was held in the Assembly Rooms – which, in another milestone, marked the last occasion to be held in the iconic venue before its closure – in tribute to it being the location of the charity’s earliest meetings.

The celebration included a showcase of the charity’s work over the past 170 years through an exhibition, alongside performances from some of the young people who are currently benefiting from the support of YMCA Newcastle, which has its headquarters in Walker.

Mark Quigley, managing partner of Sintons, said: “YMCA Newcastle is one of our city’s oldest charities and, since its inception 170 years ago, has helped countless young people, engaging them in community projects and initiatives and supporting them to raise their aspirations and life chances. They are a fantastic example of how effective engagement with young people can lead to truly life-changing results.

“We are proud to have links with the charity dating back almost 100 years and to have supported the growth and development of YMCA Newcastle during that time. We are delighted to again lend our support to the team through sponsoring their celebration event, which provided a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the outstanding work that has been done since 1849, as well as to learn about the positive impact the charity continues to have on the lives of young people in our city.”

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