The Lexicon is delighted to announce that Bracknell Gymnastics Club will become the town centre’s first Charity of the Year.

Bracknell Gymnastics Club offers recreational gymnastics, cheerleading, freestyle (parkour) as well as specialising in competitive Double Mini Trampoline and TeamGym.

TeamGym takes activities from the floor, trampette and the tumbling track, to create a fun team sport for people of all ages, levels of fitness and experience. The club currently has 12 members of the British Team and three British title holding teams.

While Bracknell Gymnastics is the country’s highest performing club for TeamGym, its main aim is to help as many people as possible to have fun, build confidence and raise levels of wellbeing through gymnastics.

Dr Peter Tranckle, club manager at Bracknell Gymnastics Club says: “We are so pleased to be working with The Lexicon, which we hope will significantly increase the awareness of gymnastics as a great way to keep fit, socialise and build self-esteem.

“And, with The European TeamGym Championships taking place in October 2018, The Lexicon will provide a fantastic platform for our selected gymnasts to fund raise the monies required to attend this event.”

The search for The Lexicon’s Charity of the Year, involved a four step process, which culminated in a vote on social media to involve as many people as possible in the local community. 

Unfortunately, less than 24 hours before the vote was due to close, the voting process was hi-jacked by spam voting with the result that The Lexicon had to suspend the voting process. 

The Lexicon decided to count the votes at the point that the erroneous votes began and as South Hill Park and Bracknell Gymnastics Club were too close to call both charities were offered the opportunity to both become Charities of the Year, with a donation also being made to The Ark.

Craig Titley, executive director (Acting Joint CEO) of South Hill Park says: “All three charities delivered great campaigns and the public support was overwhelming. It was therefore disappointing for us all, that someone should void the vote with spam. A partnership with The Lexicon would be a great honour for any charity and vote rigging has put them in a very difficult position. 

“Upon reflection, we decided to withdraw our application but remain grateful to both The Lexicon and all of our supporters and hope to re-apply for Charity of the Year 2019.”

The Arts Centre sees 2018 as a pivotal year and will launch a range of alternative fundraising activities next year as it seeks new sources of income. 

Sue Boor, head of marketing at The Lexicon says: “While we remain saddened that the social vote had to be suspended, we are very much looking forward to developing a programme of awareness and fund raising activity with Bracknell Gymnastics Club.

“We would like to thank all charities that applied and everyone who genuinely supported the charity of their choice by voting on social media. Needless to say, we will take the lessons learnt from this year’s search and do things differently next time.”