Founder’s Day walk to St Paul’s Cathedral


YMCA was founded on 6 June 1844 in the heart of London, close to St. Paul’s Cathedral. It now operates in 119 countries, supporting or working with 58 million people every year. Find out more about our history.

YMCA West London staff, volunteers and residents celebrated their Founder’s Day by walking 9.6 miles from YMCA West London – South Ealing to St. Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.

The German YMCA provided refreshments and relief from the rain at Lancaster Gate. The walkers were joined by YMCAs London South West and East at the Cathedral, and welcomed by Bishop Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden and Acting Bishop of London. Then they rested and shared lunch at St Paul’s Youth Hostel Association, underlining the YMCA value (John 17:21), “that they all may be one”.

It was part of a worldwide campaign coordinated by the World Alliance of YMCAs to mark the 172nd anniversary of YMCA. Events were also planned in YMCAs across Europe and the rest of the world throughout the day.

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George Williams' Tomb

George Williams' tomb