New challenge for community circus

GREENTOP Circus - established 15 years ago in Sheffield by TV's 'Challenge Anneka' - has set itself a new challenge.

Set up to work with disadvantaged children and adults, the community circus in an old church in Holywell Road, Grimesthorpe, is looking for a makeover to restore some of its sparkle.

"We've worked with many thousands of local youngsters and adults over the years - last year alone over 500 new adult learners and over a thousand young people came through the doors," said chief executive officer Craig Gamble Pugh.

"But being so well used has taken its toll and our grade II listed building is now looking tired and needs some TLC to bring back the circus glamour."

The charity has won backing from an organisation called Swift Realisation, which was set up by Kristy Swift to help social enterprises bring projects to life.

"Kristy is acting as Anneka Rice in our scheme," said Craig.

"We hope to persuade local companies to help spruce up our unique community circus centre and give it a new lease of life to last the next 15 years."

Companies are being asked to sponsor the project in any way, large or small, from donating kitchen equipment to re-plastering and joinery work.

Greentop is the only circus centre in Yorkshire, dedicated to "providing a valuable resource for everyone interested in circus".