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Gymnastics club 'inconsolable' after massive fire

Gymnastics club 'inconsolable' after massive fire

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:56pm 18th December 2017. (Updated at 4:10pm 18th December 2017)

Photo: Kernow Gymnastics and Acro Academy

A crowdfunder has launched to help a Cornish gymnastics club left with nothing, after a massive fire just a week before Christmas.

An investigation is underway after a huge blaze broke out at the Carvynick Country Club near Summercourt.

See photos of the damage.

It gutted the holiday park over the weekend, including the newly refurbished gym used by Kernow Gymnastics and Acro Academy.

Penny Warne's daughter is a member and was due to perform in the Christmas show on Saturday night.

She told Pirate FM: "A lot of them are inconsolable, my daughter this morning on the way to school was nearly in tears, it is just slowly beginning to sink in with everyone that everything they have ever worked for has gone to ashes.

"The display was going to be on Saturday and Sunday night, so parents, grandparents and friends sadly couldn't see how talented these girls are, it was just terrible.

"It is terribly sad, especially for those who have been involved with the extension because it was to give more opportunities for the children to gain more skills and develop what they had learnt already, so it is just horrendous for them all.

"As a parent it is just horrible to see your children so sad - it's very hard to believe."

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The crowdfunder has already raised almost £2,900 of its £4,000 target.

Posting on the page, a spokesperson said: "Please help us bring back Kernow Gymnastics & Acro Academy!!!!

"Our amazing local gym burned down on Friday 15th December and we desperately need funds to help our 500 strong community of enthusiastic and committed gymnasts get their beloved gym back. The dedicated coaching team are distraught to have lost the gym which opened a new extension only 2 months ago, whilst the gymnasts themselves who spend so much of their lives there are bereft with no where to train.

"The fire itself took place after the excited team of gymnasts had gone home after the dress rehearsal for their Christmas display - for which they had spent weeks preparing.

"It will be a long and expensive journey to replace the gym with resources needed for interim arrangements required to keep the gymnasts training and achieving, and costly equipment to replace all that was lost. In addition a number of them are due to compete in January and February and need to keep training.

"As most of you know, gymnastics requires dedication and commitment - the children and adults who train there and the coaches who invest so much in these individuals spend so much time there it's there 2nd home - please dig deep and help us keep them training."

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They later added: "Wow - what an amazing response, thank you to everyone so far who's contributed. Only a day has passed but the size of the challenge of making sure all the children can continue doing gymnastics in the interim is just becoming clear. We need emergency equipment to use in temporary accommodation once secured, we need to transport the squads to the generous clubs in Cornwall that are offering us use of their facilities, we need to replace so many 'little' but expensive bits such as handguards and leotards which we need now whilst the inevitably long process through insurance and planning and eventual rebuild is carried out.

"Some great progress has been made by the leadership team in securing interim arrangements and hopefully the children will be back training soon where they belong - your contributions will mean that we have more chance of equipping the temporary spaces into suitable training gyms, that we can transport the children to temporary facilities and that all of them will continue to get so much from the sport they love. Thank you, you're awesome x"

You can find the crowdfunder page here.

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