Calday Pool to host overnight swimathon fundraiser to help improve the facilities

Calday Grange swimming pool is hosting an overnight swimathon and cake sale to raise much-needed funds to upgrade the pool’s facilities.

Swimmers of all abilities are encouraged to participate and swim as much or as little as they choose.

The Swimathon and cake sale (for hungry swimmers/spectators/anyone who likes cake!) will be held on Friday 8 – Saturday 9 March from 09:30pm – 07:00am. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to register here

Calday pool was built in 1922 and desperately needs a refurb – with new disability access, a larger reception area, and refurbishment of the changing rooms top of the list.

The pool is a registered charity and is funded entirely by donations from the public, members and swimming clubs, so it is reliant on grants and donations to fund the improvements. A Go Fund me page  was created last summer to kick-start the fundraising, so far raising over £7,600, although much more is needed to fund the upgrade.

Calday Swimming Pool manager, Gary Lewis, said, “The pool’s been a huge part of the community since the 1920’s, so it needs to be modernised to enable it to meet current demands. We want everyone to feel welcome here which is why it’s so important that we have the correct facilities.”

Heather Lovell, Swimming Club and Calday Pool Committee member, who is organising the event, said, “Calday Pool is a fantastic facility for the local community groups and swimming club members who regularly use it. I used to swim here and worked for one of the swim clubs almost 25 years ago and the building hasn’t changed during that time!

“My daughters now swim here and love it, however the pool facilities urgently need upgrading to bring them up to modern day standards so that the pool continues to serve the local community for generations to come.”

If you would like to support Calday Pool with its fundraising efforts, you can donate via the Go Fund me page  or email gary-lewis@live.com

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