Emma, along with her sister Ruby, have been regularly attending YMCA youth clubs for four years when they took part in the De Havilland Community Project play session.

Two years ago Emma was diagnosed with Leukaemia and spent months in and out of hospital receiving treatment and recovering. When Emma started to feel better she returned to her youth club in Hatfield and treated it as a safe place where she could catch up with friends and chat to staff.

Since then Emma has been a regular, active member of the youth club and has even volunteered to help younger children at a play work project and at summer events.

Emma says that YMCA helped her to overcome her anxiety about going out and socialising after spending so long in hospital. She tells us that having the support of the YMCA staff helped her to move on from everything that happened and look forward to her future!

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