Harold Wood club appeals for donations after Storm Barney knocks down wall

PUBLISHED: 12:44 23 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:24 24 November 2015

Harlequin Gymnastics Club was destroyed by Storm Barney

Harlequin Gymnastics Club was destroyed by Storm Barney

Abi Edward Harlequin gymnastics club

Wreckage left behind by Storm Barney did not exclude Havering from its destructive path as a gymnastics club is appealing for donations after a wall partially collapsed.

Abi Edwards, artistic coach at Harlequin Gymnastics Club, Bryant Avenue, Harold Wood, was shocked when she heard the news that just over an hour later after she finished a training session, the top of the wall crumbled down.

She said: “A karate lesson was taking place in the next room when it happened and they heard a really loud thud when it came down.

“When I saw the damage I couldn’t believe that it was caused by the wind.

“The bars that we use for training have all been destroyed and with competitions coming up in February, it has meant that we cannot carry on so I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

The club which has more than 400 members aged from two to 22, has been open for 35 years to everyone taking part in classes such as gymnastics, sports acro, karate and zumba.

But the club’s future is hanging in the balance as the wall brought down by the violent storm last Tuesday needs replacing as well as the gymnastic equipment in order for its members to be able to continue to attend.

The club is aiming to raise £10,000 to help put the club back together in one piece.

Abi said: “If people could just donate even just a small amount, we would all be so grateful as the club does mean a lot to us.

“In the mean time, we’re hoping that we’ll be allowed to train somewhere else while work on the club gets going.

“It is more like an extended family than a gymnastics club so it is really important for us to get it fixed.”

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