The gymnastics community is coming together to raise both spirits and plenty of money through their generosity and fundraising this Christmas.
Gymnast receives early Christmas gifts
The first of the stories we would like to share comes from Gracie-Mae McNeill (pictured above). A seven-year-old acrobatic gymnast, Gracie-Mae has, like many gymnasts, spent the year on Zoom calls with her coaches.
Last month, Gracie-Mae came home from school with a flyer about donating gifts to children over Christmas. The family then contacted us and asked if we knew of a young gymnast, the same age as Gracie-Mae, whose family might be going through a difficult time.
We put them in touch with Sienna, also a seven-year-old gymnast, who loves the sport and whose family has been going through a tough period.
Gracie-Mae has since chosen a mermaid sparkly leotard with a matching hair bobble and shorts that are personalised with Sienna’s name on that will be sent in the post.
This is such a heart-warming story and one we’re delighted to share.
Hardship Grants recipient begins fundraising challenge
We’re also delighted to share news from one of our Hardship Grant recipients, Sophie.
Earlier this year we ran a special round of Hardship Grants funding, especially for those going through times of financial hardship due to Covid-19. Sophie was one of 396 families that received support through the last round of funding.
Throughout December, Sophie has kindly decided to complete her very own challenge, raising money for both the British Gymnastics Foundation and her club, Revolution.
Sophie will be doing a handstand challenge each day of the month, and when she’s back in the gym, will be filming a routine that she’s created.
You can show your support for Sophie’s fundraising by visiting and donating here: Go Fund Me page.
It’s been a difficult year for so many people, but it’s great to see plenty of festive spirit from young gymnasts in the community.