PUPILS at Gorefield Primary School can look forward to having a new swimming pool for the summer after a massive fundraising appeal reached its target.
A dedicated team of fundraisers have raised almost £9,000 and now their hard work has been rewarded as the sum has been match-funded by a local charity.
This means the school now has the money to start work on the new pool and it will be ready for the children to use in the summer term.
Headteacher Alyson Palmer said: “This is an amazing feat of fundraising by parents, children and the community.
“The children, staff and governors would like to thank everyone for their efforts in raising such a large sum of money.
“This is your legacy to the children of Gorefield School and, you never know, we might even have an Olympic swimmer of the future!”
A time capsule will be buried under the pool floor and included will be a breakdown of how the money was raised to pay for the pool, so future generations know how much effort was put into replacing the pool.
Money is still needed as it costs in excess of £1,500 per year to keep it running, so fundraising will be continuing, but on a much smaller scale.
They would also like to look at the possibility of covering the pool sometime in the future so the school can have greater use of it through the year.
The fundraising appeal was launched last September after the old pool reached the end of its life.
Time was limited to raise the money as building work is taking place on the school and, if it was not done within a certain time, access to the site would become difficult.
But mums Liz Rowell and Lucy Turner did not let this deter them and set about doing anything and everything to raise the money.
A host of fundraising events have been organised, from a sponsored swim to parties.
The latest is a salsa party with JAS Salsa at Leverington Sports and Social Club on Saturday, from 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.
Contact Julie on 07989-252072 or Andy on 07801-859678.