Appeal fund receives £360 boost from garage sale

Steve Bailey (left) receives the cheque from Viv and Don Bennion

Steve Bailey (left) receives the cheque from Viv and Don Bennion

The new gym appeal for Buckley Girls’ Gymnastics Club has received a £363.60 boost from half of funds raised at a garage sale.

Long time club supporters Viv and Don Bennion hosted the sale at their home at Llanarmon-yn-Ial, near Mold, with the same amount also being donated to support facilities for children in their village.

The couple’s daughter, Kathy, is a former club gymnast who represented Wales and Great Britain and competed in the Commonwealth Games after joining Buckley in 1981.

A bit about Kathy…

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Gymnast fact file

  • Katherine joined Buckley club in 1981 as a nine-year-old progressing from North Wales Squad to Welsh Junior Squad
  • Welsh Elite Squad
  • British Schools Champion
  • British Senior squad
  • Competed internationally for Wales and for Great Britain against Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, East Germany, Bulgaria and the former Czechoslovakia
  • BBC Wales/Western Mail Junior Sportswoman of the Year 1989
  • First girl from North Wales to qualify for the British Championships and finished 4th
  • First girl from North Wales to be selected for a Commonwealth Gymnastics event – Scotland 1986, and went on to captain the Welsh Ladies team to the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland
  • SOURCE: Viv Bennion

Club supporter Steve Bailey, who helped at the garage sale, is seen collecting the cheque on behalf of the club from Mr and Mrs Bennion.

Unsold items, some of which which were donated by parents of gymnasts, were sold at the Sunday car boot sale at Chirk, raising a further £280.

Over £10,000 has been raised this year towards a £25,000 target to allow Buckley Girls’ Gymnastics Club, which has trained at Buckley Leisure Centre for over 40 years, to buy its own facilities.

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