Gym staff give bags of gifts to children’s home in Skegness

Bags of gifts have been delivered to the Derbyshire Children's Home in Skegness thanks to the generosity of friends of the Gaf Gym in Skegness. ANL-180512-143825001
Bags of gifts have been delivered to the Derbyshire Children's Home in Skegness thanks to the generosity of friends of the Gaf Gym in Skegness. ANL-180512-143825001

Festive spirit is spreading across the Skegness area - with one of the latest acts of kindness coming from a local gym.

Gaf Gym and Fitness Centre launched an appeal for gifts for the young people who will be spending their Christmas holiday at Derbyshire Children’s Home.

We just wanted to do something for the children who are not as lucky as others

Gym owner Andy Henson

Already they have delivered bags of gifts that have been kindly donated from all over the county by friends of the owner Andy Henson - a well-known former boxer.

“We just wanted to do something for the children who are not as lucky as others,” said Andy, owner of the gym. “I’ve been blown away by the generosity of people, not only local friends but from all over the country.”

The gym on Lumley Road is close to the home in Scarborough Avenue, making deliveries easy.

“We’ve already done three deliveries with gifts, sometimes making more than one trip.

“People have been so kind. We haven’t asked for money - we’d rather people went out and bought a gift. It means so much more this way.

“But even those who can’t afford to buy have stepped in to help with the wrapping and that has been a massive job.”

The toy appeal is the second charity event held by Gaf Gym this year. A sponsored ‘Super Heroes’ walk to Ingoldmells with a follow-up event hosted by Simon and Claire Claxton at the Highwayman pub in Lincoln Road raised £2,300 for Lincolnshire Rape crisis.

Donations for the toy appeal can be delivered to the Gaf Gym.