Erewash gymnastics club head over heels with charity donation 

Ramsey Dawson

A Nottinghamshire kitchen, bedroom and bathroom company has pledged its support to local children by donating an £8,000 kitchen to a popular Erewash charity.

Ramsey’s of Long Eaton donated the Shaker-style kitchen units to Erewash Valley Gymnastics Club (EVGC) in recognition of the charity’s increasing importance to more than 1,150 kids in the Erewash region.

The charity offers affordable gymnastic programmes to children from two to 18 years of age, regardless of ability or background – and Ramsey Dawson, CEO of Ramsey’s, has witnessed the benefits of the club on a very personal level.

He said: “My 12-year old son has been going to the club for years and my wife also works as a coach there. I know first-hand what a valuable service they provide for kids in the area so if I can help them develop their facilities and improve the service they provide to kids, parents and staff, I’m delighted to be in a position to make that happen. ”

Established in 1974, EVGC currently operates out of two locations – one in New Tythe Street, Long Eaton and another in Hallam Fields Road, Ilkeston, where the kitchen has been fitted as part of a major overhaul of the site’s facilities.

While that refurbishment project includes £120,000 worth of gym equipment and is set to transform the Ilkeston site into a regional centre of excellence, the idea of a third location is also being explored, with a view to expanding the club’s potential membership capacity to more than 1,800.

Ivan Allen, longstanding coach at EVGC, said: “The club is run for the benefit of the community, with facilities for lots of other services beyond gymnastics. We operate as the local polling station and our cafes are also places where parents and staff can come to relax.

“Regardless of how much we develop though, the club will always be about making fun and accessible gymnastics available to kids of every age and background – and having donated a kitchen to our Long Eaton site a couple of years ago, this is the second major donation Ramsey’s has made.

“We really can’t thank him enough. It’s a heart-warming gesture and a great testament to Ramsey Dawson and the way he does business.”