Parents have a ball boosting funds for young gymnasts

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A glittering ball is helping to take area’s aspiring young gymnasts to new heights.

Parents and friends of Spalding Gymnastics Academy members couldn’t wait to put on posh frocks and bow ties to show off their own co-ordination skills on the dance floor at the fundraiser.

It was held in the South Holland Centre on Saturday and organised by Janine Farrell and committee members. Local businesses donated prizes for the raffle and gift tree.

More than £4,000 was raised, which will be divided between the club and Action Medical Research.

Mel Coote, competitions secretary, said: “It was a fabulous night. The tables sold really quickly and 210 people enjoyed a band, disco and three-course meal.

“People are already asking us to let them know when the next one is because they want to book a table.”

Based at Cradge Bank, the gymnastics club hosts county competitions and has more than 300 members. Mel said: “They come to us as soon as they can sit up and our oldest member is 18.

“There was a big influx after the Olympics and, although we have the best facilities in the county, we have a lot of plans for improvements.”

Among the plans are a new sprung floor and insulation for the building. But in the meantime, committee members are busy planning an Easter Camp for the school holidays.

Special activities are being held from Tuesday to Friday each week. For more details and times, call the club on 01775 713599.