The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British small businesses, which made it too challenging for many like Penstowe to continue.
It weighs very heavy on my heart to see the demise of my friends whom I have worked along side for a number of years.
While I've managed to secure the gym space for Ape Gym for the future, I can't stand by and see the wonderful asset that is Penstowe turn to dust.
The number of guest who were back enjoying Penstowe as soon lock down was lifted this summer - and so many disappointed that despite their best efforts the pools had to remain closed - is a testament to how fondly guests regard it. However, to walk past the lifeless cafe and wonderful swimming pool both now in darkness is so hard to bear.
So let's bring it back! Together we can. Maybe even provide some local employment. I'm crowdfunding to raise the capital to open the door to bringing back the facilities to the holiday park we've all benefited from in one way or another over the last 40 years.
Let's create more holiday memories for years to come.
Some of us small business owners were lucky enough to benefit from the government grant - and this second wave of funding. Let's use that to pay it forward, not only reaching this target but charging right past it!!!