Parents’ plea for help to save swimming pool

Parents raising funds to replace the swimming pool at Gorefield School.

Parents raising funds to replace the swimming pool at Gorefield School.

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AN ambitious fundraising effort has been launched by a group of parents to replace a 50-year-old swimming pool at Gorefield Primary School.

They need to raise around £20,000 to replace the pool in the grounds of the village school and they ideally need to do this by Easter – just seven months away.

The fundraising team is being headed by mums Liz Rowell and Lucy Turner.

Liz said: “Years ago, the villagers raised the money to build the pool in the first place, so there’s quite a lot of history surrounding it. It means a lot to the village.”

Unfortunately, the pool has reached the end of its life and needs urgent replacement.

Building work being carried out on the school means if the pool is not replaced next year, access will become very difficult. The children will also miss not being able to use it during the summer term.

The team of mums have already organised a series of fundraising events and are wasting no time in getting the ball rolling.

Anya Goodale has volunteered for the first task, a sponsored silence taking place in the school hall from 9am to 10.45am on Friday, September 16.

“Anya is a real chatterbox,” Liz said. “I think she’ll find it difficult; five minutes would be hard for her!”

Anya has already raised around £600 in sponsorship, getting the appeal off to a flying start.

A barn dance is planned for October and a quiz night in November. They are also hoping to organise a Valentine’s ball for February.

Liz said: “We have been toying with a sponsored swim idea, obviously as we’re raising money for a pool. A few of the mums have said they would be up for doing the equivalent of a Channel swim – 22 miles – in a relay.”

The team plan to hold raffles at each event and are asking if people would be willing to donate prizes or make a donation to the swimming pool fund.

l If you have any further fundraising ideas or you are aware of any grants that are available for this kind of project or would be interested in helping in any other way, contact Lucy Turner on 01945-871355 or Liz Rowell on 01945-870054.