Gymnasts leap into action this Christmas to raise money

15th January 2019

A team of talented young gymnastics will be running a gift-wrapping service this Christmas at Quadrant Shopping Centre, fundraising for a once-in-a-life opportunity to compete in The Presidential Classic competition in Florida in February 2020.

The group of gymnasts from the PenYBont Gymnastics Club need to raise £45,000 to send 20 of its members to the US for this incredible opportunity and with the help of Quadrant shoppers, their festive fundraising campaign will get off to a great start.

Michelle Griffiths, a fundraiser at PenYBont Gymnastics Club, said: “We are thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to do this. We kicked off the service on Monday and, as we are positioned in a prime location at the Quadrant Shopping Centre, Christmas shoppers have been very enthusiastic in taking full advantage of getting their presents wrapped as well as donating generously.

“We have a group of very committed and passionate ladies, aged from 10 to 17 and it is their dream to be able to perform on the world gymnastics stage,” Michelle added. “To be able to send them to the Florida to compete in The Presidential Classic at The ESPN Wide World Arena would be an amazing experience and we will be working tirelessly as a club over the next year to ensure we get them there.”

PenYBont Gymnastics Club provides preschool and recreational gymnastics to boys and girls in the South Wales area. It supports all degrees of talent, from beginners to high-level performers and offers superb facilities, top-level coaching and a fantastic team spirit across the board.

Lisa Hartley, Quadrant Shopping Centre manager, said: “This is a wonderful cause which we are fully behind. The festive season is our busiest period, and this is the perfect time of year for the team to get their fundraising off the ground as our customers are always so supportive of local charitable initiatives. Plus, it will provide the perfect platform in which generate awareness of what they are trying to achieve.

“They are an exceptional group of girls and they clearly love what they do. They thoroughly deserve this trip and we will be doing as much as we can to assist the team in achieving their goal.”

Members of the PenYBont Gymnastics Club will be gift-wrapping at Quadrant Shopping Centre on Thursday 20 December from 4.30pm until 7pm and Monday 24 December from 9am until 6pm. All donations will be very gratefully received.

For more information on events taking place at Quadrant Shopping Centre please visit www.quadrantshopping.co.uk.