Gymnasts Jump for Pudsey

Youngsters from Dover Gymnastics Club have been burning off some Christmas Calories by taking part in a sponsored event for Children in Need.

Nineteen gymnasts aged between 4 and 11 did the ‘Jump for Pudsey Challenge’ in which they had to see how many jumps and skips they could do in a set time on five different activities.

Jump for Pudsey is a national initiative being run by the National Governing Body British Gymnastics in association with Boots.

11-year-old Sienna Barham from the Women’s Artistic Squad achieved 188 jumps, the highest number of all those taking part. The combined total for the Dover gymnasts taking part was 2,637 jumps. This has been added to a national total of 2,994,280 jumps.

The gymnasts who took part all collected sponsor money and paid £2 each to enter the challenge and parents paid £1 each to spectate. The money is still being collected but so far, £300 has been raised for Children in Need.

Organiser Jon Green, Vice Chairman and Director of Dover Gym Club said: “The gymnasts had a lot of fun taking part in the challenge and it was also great for them to get some exercise over the holiday.

“Dover Gym Club is a charity itself, and I’m so proud of our members who’ve raised money for Children in Need and also of our coaches who gave up their own time to help with the challenge.”