British Gymnastics announces NHS fundraising initiative

The national governing body for gymnastics in the UK has announced a fundraising initiative to support the National Health Service.

By Martyn Simpson
Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 3:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 3:52 pm
Former Olympian and Scottish gymnast Dan Purvis
Former Olympian and Scottish gymnast Dan Purvis

To recognise and support the sacrifices that the NHS and frontline staff continue to make every day, British Gymnastics, in partnership with Scottish Gymnastics, are calling on the sporting community and beyond to #PresentForPounds.

A ‘present’ is the move performed at the beginning and end of a gymnastics routine to show that you’re ready for action or to celebrate nailing your routine.

The campaign challenges people to post a video or photo of themselves ‘presenting’ online as a salute to the NHS, using the #PresentForPounds tag.

This could be something new and creative at home or something from a past competition, training session or class.

Those involved are then encouraged to donate to NHS Charities Together via British Gymnastics designated JustGiving page before nominating five friends to do the same.

Speaking about the fundraising challenge, former Olympian and Scottish gymnast Dan Purvis said: “#PresentForPounds is a great initiative and I hope that it goes much further than just our sport.

"Every gymnast, whatever age, discipline or level, knows how to present – it shows that they’re ready for action.

"Whether it’s presenting to friends and family, a coach, the judges or a roaring crowd, to present is part of what makes being a gymnast so special.

“It’s been brilliant to see how our gymnastics community has pulled together at this challenging time and I can’t wait to see people in Scotland getting involved and showing off their best salutes to the NHS.”

Jane Allen MBE, British Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer added: “I am delighted to announce our #PresentForPounds fundraising initiative.

"The efforts of our NHS have really brought the country and the gymnastics community together during this challenging period.

"All of us at British Gymnastics have been inspired and humbled by their bravery, as well as the huge fundraising efforts of so many up and down the country, and we want to do our bit to support such a great cause.”

To show their support British Gymnastics will match donations, up to a maximum of £50,000.

Scottish Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer Doc McKelvey said: “Everyone at Scottish Gymnastics is right behind #PresentForPounds as it’s another fun way of bringing the gymnastics family together while we are out of the gym. It is perfect for gymnasts past, present and future to get involved and challenge their friends and family.

“That’s why we’re saying to everyone in Scotland, why not #PresentForPounds to share your love of gymnastics and pride for NHS heroes and raise money for NHS Charities Together.”

To get involved visit the JustGiving page HERE.