The Chamber of Commerce’s chosen charity which has been in Sutton since 1900 is no stranger to having to adapt; during the first world war, YMCA Sutton Coldfield opened its doors to soldiers based in Sutton Park and has now stepped up to the challenges presented by the Corona Virus.
The Sofa Surf event was a huge success with 124 people taking part and with participants as far as Northern Ireland and Leighton Buzzard.
Anita Ellis from the YMCA kicked off the event telling the story of Kieran who was a frequent sofa surfer before finding support at YMCA Sutton Coldfield. His story is a stark reminder of the issues facing the hidden homeless; invisible young people who are sofa surfing or sleeping on someone’s floor with no fixed abode and no family support. The event aimed to raise awareness of this issue along with funds to support the charity’s hostel.
Next up was Pete Morgan from Monkey Pants Productions with his live pub quiz featuring a YMCA twist, keeping everyone’s spirits up and kicking off sponsorship.
A live broadcast from Anna Plotnek’s living room followed. She built a sofa out of the cardboard boxes and stuck all the sponsors’ logos over it. She gave shout outs to all the wonderful sponsors and read out personal messages from each company about how they were playing their part during Covid-19.