Peterborough cheerleading club raises almost £2,000 after its facility was broken into

East Elite Allstars was broken into over night and £1,600, as well as gym equipment, was stolen.

By Adam Barker
Wednesday, 1st June 2022, 6:43 am
Members of the East Elite Allstars team.
Members of the East Elite Allstars team.

A cheerleading club in Peterborough has been left feeling “overwhelmed” after raising almost £2,000 in the aftermath of it’s gym being broken into.

East Elite Allstars, on Saville Road in Westwood, was broken into overnight on Wednesday (May 25).

The gym sadly lost £1,600 in the burglary, which the academy had raised at it’s annual showcase fundraiser event last February.

East Elite Allstars

"Unfortunately, the money we had saved and some of our equipment was stolen,” East Elite Allstars athlete, Faye Lester, 30, of Folksworth, said.

"The office was trashed and the gym was left a mess. It’s supposed to be our safe space and somewhere we leave everything at the door.

"To have somebody come into our facility and invade our personal space was heartbreaking for everyone at the club.”

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Faye created a GoFundMe donations page on May 26 and she has now crowdfunded £1,940 in almost one week.

In the first five hours of the donations page being created, a huge £1,600 was raised.

“For everyone who has donated, to find it within themselves to go out of their way to support us is overwhelming,” she said.

“It’s so generous and I wish we could give back to them because it means the world.

"You don’t realise how big the cheer community is until you are a part of it. We’re all so overwhelmed by the amount of support we’ve received and how the community has come together.

“It’s not just about the money – it’s about spirit, community and family.”

Faye says the money raised will go towards replacing stolen and damaged equipment, as well as creating an “athletes corner” in the gym. The section of the gym will offer young athletes a space to study and socialise.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson said the force was called at 5.30pm on May 26 regarding a burglary at a business in Saville Road industrial estate, Westwood.

Police and scenes of crime officers attended and the case has now been filed pending any new evidence uncovered by forensics.

You can donate to East Elite Allstars by clicking here.