Herald joins forces with Honiton Gymnastics Club to launch fundraising campaign
PUBLISHED: 10:01 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 07 December 2018
The Midweek Herald has teamed up with one of Honiton's much-loved community clubs as it looks to secure its long-term future in the town.
Honiton Gymnastics Club is currently trying to find a new home after being served with an eviction notice by its former landlord, Tesco.
The club used the former Rainbow Superstore, in Ottery Moor Lane, as its base.
However, members were told to leave so Tesco could sell the site to developer Taylor Wimpey, whose outline plans for 150 homes at the site were approved by East Devon planners in 2016 – the permission for which would lapse after August 31, 2019.
The club has more than 500 members of its books, but is now sweating over its future after being made homeless.
Following the devastating news, a £600,000 fundraising campaign was launched by the Honiton Gymnastics Supporters Association to assist with relocation costs and the provision of the club’s future training needs and facilities. For the next six months, the Herald will place the spotlight on the key people at the club who have transformed it into what it is today.
Herald editor André Langlois said: “It is very sad to see such an esteemed club in Honiton thrown into turmoil like this.
“Honiton Gymnastics Club makes such an impact on hundreds of young people’s lives, and we want to showcase that in the pages of your weekly Herald.
“We hope this campaign will encourage our readers to dig deep and support one of their local clubs of 35 years while it advances through this uncertain chapter of its life.”
James Reddy, board member of Honiton Gymnastics Club, added: “The wealth of public support has been exceptional and it’s humbling to see how many people are willing to step up and support the club in our hour of need.
“This is a very tough period for everyone involved but we are determined that, rather than dwelling on the negatives, we will turn this dreadful situation into a positive opportunity for the club and for the community as a whole. We are thrilled that the Herald has offered its support, which will give Honiton Gymnastics Club the chance to tell our story, keep the community updated on our situation and keep our campaign at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
“Of course, our appeal depends on the goodwill and generosity of everyone in the community, so we’re grateful for any donations, endorsements or help anyone can offer.”