Gymnast smashes fundraising target
A PROMISING young gymnast who completed a lockdown challenge to support a leading mental health charity has raised more than ten times her initial target.
Barnard Castle School pupil Anna Metcalf, 11, has so far raised £1,065 for YoungMinds after setting herself a ten-day gymnastics challenge to keep active.
Anna, who is from Barningham and ordinarily trains 11.5 hours a week, completed ten different exercises each day from January 10 as part of her “10 Day, 10 Moves, 10 Times starting on the 10th” initiative.
Her initial fundraising target was £100, which was quickly surpassed.
Anna said: “I am very grateful to everyone for their amazing support.
“It has been frustrating not being able to train as often as I used to, so I created the challenge to help stay motivated and get back into a routine.
“I love gymnastics and it is a sport where you have to dedicate a lot of time and put many hours into it, and this has really helped me maintain a good level of fitness while practising my exercises.
“YoungMinds is an excellent charity.”
Established in 1989, YoungMinds is the UK’s leading mental health charity that supports children and young people.
For further information about Anna’s challenge and to donate, visit: www.justgiving. com/fundraising/anna-metcalf.
A video compilation of Anna’s 10 Day, 10 Moves, 10 Times starting on the 10th initiative can be viewed on the Barnard Castle School website at: www.barnardcastleschool .org.uk/2021/01/20/well-done-anna/.