It’s all go for gym­nas­tics club

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Stu­art McFar­lane

A sports club has been tak­ing part in a tire­less month-long fundrais­ing ef­fort in the hope of win­ning fund­ing from a char­ity event.

Dum­fries Y Gym­nas­tics Club, based in English Street, is one of four fi­nal­ists in the West Sound Big Char­ity Sports Chal­lenge, with each group asked to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for their re­spec­tive causes within a month.

Mem­bers of all ages have al­ready been tak­ing part in an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties – in­clud­ing a ‘stay awake’ in the gym be­tween 8pm and 8am, a park­our chal­lenge, a three-hour con­di­tion­ing ses­sion and even a ‘dino’ gym­nas­tics chal­lenge for the club’s pre-school group.

The club has also car­ried out bucket col­lec­tions across the town and some lo­cal busi­nesses have lent a hand by agree­ing to take on col­lec­tion buck­ets and cans.

It has been go­ing from strength to strength in re­cent years and with a mem­ber­ship of close to 300, the club now needs the fi­nan­cial back­ing to ex­tend into the ad­join­ing build­ing to create more space for the gym­nasts, along­side a spe­cial­ist view­ing re­cep­tion for spec­ta­tors and a warm-up and con­di­tion­ing area. They hope to raise as much money as pos­si­ble in the com­ing weeks, with the win­ning group earn­ing a po­ten­tial £3,500 of sup­port.

The club’s Louise Ram­say told the Stan­dard: “We’ve got a great team of fundrais­ing of­fi­cers who have worked hard to in­clude all of the dif­fer­ent age groups in a pro­gramme of events over the four-week pe­riod.

“We have some big plans to ex­tend the premises that we cur­rently use, but that is go­ing to cost us a lot of money, so we’re go­ing all out to raise that money and make the plans a re­al­ity. The sup­port from the pub­lic has been re­ally good and I think that’s be­cause peo­ple see what we of­fer – not just the com­pet­i­tive squads, but also a good place for new mums to bring their chil­dren.

“We’ve also got a group of former gym­nasts who are in­volved in a learn to coach pro­gramme.”

The club is at the half­way stage of its chal­lenge – with a big Hal­loween party the next event in the off­ing.

Sup­port their ef­forts at https:// www.cash­forkids­give.co.uk/ cam­paign/west­sound-big-char­i­tys­ports-chal­lenge-2018/fund-raiser/ dum­fries-y-gym­nas­tics-club/.

Fundraisers Kirsty Hume, Kerry Lower and Hay­ley Gourley with their col­lec­tion buck­ets at the ready

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