Club bid for help to keep from cold

Helping hand: Gymnasts from the City of Preston Gymnastics Club are appealing for help for a new heating system

Helping hand: Gymnasts from the City of Preston Gymnastics Club are appealing for help for a new heating system

A Preston gymnastics club is the latest group to bid for a building makeover worth £5,000.

HomeServe, which provides cover packages for a range of home emergencies, has teamed up with the Lancashire Evening Post to offer a cash pot for repairing problems such leaky roofing or problem pipes.

The City of Preston Gymnastics Club (COPGC), on Campbell Road, is the latest group to have submitted an application for help in installing a new heating system.

Head coach Charlotte Coles said: “COPGC embodies everything community spirit has.

“In August 2011 we had 100 parents and young people build the centre by hand, with no electricity or water. We were running off camping stoves and generators from first to last light each day.

“The centre opened eight weeks later and now is home to over 500 young people.

“It’s one of the largest gymnastics clubs in the country, but doesn’t yet have heating. Some days the gym reaches almost freezing and bottled gas costs £70 per day. We are doing fundraising but just need the little helping hand.

“This centre caters for all babies, children and teenagers through to adults of varied abilities and disabilities. It’s at the heart of the community and has changed many teenagers lives.”

A spokesman for HomeServe, the home emergency company, said: “HomeServe has been a large employer in Preston for almost 10 years and we are proud to be a part of the community.

“With the support of the Evening Post we are pleased to put forward this opportunity for a worthy local group to receive £5,000 of support from HomeServe for a building makeover.”

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, February 6. To enter, send your name and contact details, along with the name of the organisation you wish to nominate and the reason why they should win help from HomeServe to competitions@lep.co.uk or post your nomination to Charity Begins at HomeServe, Promotions Department, Lancashire Evening Post, Oliver’s Place, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9ZA.




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