Calday Pool swimathon smashes target, raising £3,600 towards upgrade

Calday Grange swimming pool hosted an overnight swimathon and cake sale on Friday 8 to Saturday 9 March, to raise much-needed funds for its anticipated upgrade.

Thirty swimming club members and members of the public of all abilities participated, swimming 3,264 lengths, equating to 51 miles – to put that into context, that’s the same as swimming the English Channel, stopping for a quick cup of tea and a slice of cake, and swimming back again.

Calday Pool’s target on the night of £3,000 was smashed, with £3,600 raised by 7:00am and donations still incoming via its GoFundMe page. This now takes the GoFundMe amount raised to almost £12,000. £60,000 is required for the next stage of building improvements.

Still going strong at 2:50am!

It needs around £60,000 for the planned improvements which consists of three phases: developing new disability access, an open-plan reception area and finally changing room refurbishment.

The pool was built in 1922 so the upgrade will enable it to meet modern-day standards, allowing it to continue to serve the needs of the 2,500 people who come through the doors on a weekly basis.

As a registered charity, Calday Pool is funded entirely by donations from the public, members and swimming clubs, so is reliant on grants and donations to fund the improvements.

Calday Swimming Pool manager, Gary Lewis, said, “We’re delighted with the result from our overnight swimathon and cake sale – it’s amazing to see the target smashed, and great to see so many people taking part from this fantastic community.”

Heather Lovell, Swimming Club and Calday Pool Committee member, who organised the event, said, “It’s been a real team effort – from all of the fantastic swimmers smashing their targets to all those who contributed by baking cakes and all of those who have donated through the Go Fund me page and buying cakes, we couldn’t have done it without your support!”

If you would like to support Calday Pool with its fundraising efforts, either by donating via the GoFundMe page  or by organising a fundraising event, please email

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