Cash needed to heat former warehouse

Freezing cold: Gymnasts are raising money to buy a heating system for their premises. Pictured are the gymnasts with Devon Cain, eight (front)
Freezing cold: Gymnasts are raising money to buy a heating system for their premises. Pictured are the gymnasts with Devon Cain, eight (front)
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Gymnasts across the city are working to raise cash for a heating system for their club.

The City of Preston Gymnastics and Performance Centre has gone from strength to strength since opening in 2011, but members still freeze throughout the winter in the former warehouse building.

The Campbell Street club has managed to secure some funding towards the £25,000 project, but still needs a boost to reach its target.

Head Coach Charlotte Coles said: “The original building was built as a storage warehouse so we have to put a full heating system in which costs a fortune.”

They have so far received £15,000 from external funding, as well as other donations, and parent Michelle Dawson is organising a masquerade fundraising ball, hoped to raise about £2,000 towards to heating system. The club then just needs to raise the final cash to be able to install the system.

Charlotte said: “That will put the heating everywhere, even the studio down at the bottom because we’ve got dance classes there.

“Previously, everything would be great in summer but in winter we had to cut half of it, so with a lot of things it will open new doors. Lots of people have asked us to do different classes for different ages, we’ve had senior citizens who have asked for balance awareness classes, and we have babies from eight months, so in the winter it’s just too cold.

“We’ve got sprung floors, trampolines, there’s no age limit. It’s going to open so many doors and make it a community facility rather than just for those who can cope with the cold.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/heatingfund.