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Pembrokeshire Special Needs have reached their fundraising target of £32,000 following uncertainty in 2018

An evening of celebration was held last night to showcase the new portable equipment needed in order to continue the incredible gymnastics classes offered at the club.

In August 2018, Pembrokeshire Special Needs received the news that their cohabiting club, Milford Haven Gymnastics Club, were moving to their own premises. This was a huge blow to the club as it meant that they were left without a sprung floor.

Rachel Mathias, who is a welfare officer at the club, expresses her immense gratitude to every individual that helped the club reach their ambitious target:

"With so many upcoming competitions, this equipment has been absolutely vital for our gymnasts to thrive. We will be forever grateful for the support received from the community, and we pride ourselves in being the only charity and volunteer-run special needs gymnastics club in Wales."

Sport Wales generously donated £13,000 to the club to kick start their fundraising. Committee members, parents, trustees and volunteers came together to organise other, more imaginative ways of generating income.

"Sally Yelland, one of our committee members, sold her homemade jewellery, whilst Leon & Adele - who are participants and a coach at the club - abseiled down 80ft at Pembroke Castle!" 

The club has high ambitions for their gymnasts and is aiming to send 7 gymnasts to compete in the Special Olympics in Liverpool 2021.

The club came together in a time of need; with patient determination, they successfully achieved their target and were able to purchase the portable equipment from Gymnova - and their gym couldn't look better! 

The club is also running for the gold inSport accreditation and will be attending the Disability Sport Wales panel on 30th of October. Welsh Gymnastics would like to congratulate everyone at Pembrokeshire Special Needs for achieving this goal and wish you the best of luck for the future.