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Making a splash.

by Kelly Gee in Oakley, England, United Kingdom

Making a splash.
We did it
On 16th July 2020 we successfully raised £3,673 ( + est. £512.75 Gift Aid ) with 227 supporters in 42 days

Our village school is lucky enough to have our own pool but simply not the funds to upkeep it. It needs relining and facilities updating.

by Kelly Gee in Oakley, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

1st place in the Calor Rural Community Fund - £5,000 Category

What is the need for your project in the community? How will your project improve local life?
We're fortunate to already benefit from a swimming pool. The pool gives those children that do not have swimming lessons outside of school the opportunity to build confidence in water and learn to swim.

What support do you have from the local community for your project?
We are lucky to have so many helpful, hands-on, parents and help from the community. We hold a big music event every year which only happens due to all of the help that we get from people outside of school. Unfortunately this year we will not benefit from our biggest fundraiser and many of the smaller fundraisers.

Who will benefit from your project?
Oakley Combined School is for children from the age of 4 to 11 years old and has 84 pupils currently, all of which benefit from the pool and enjoy the interaction and learning potential this provides.

Every child from reception to Class 6 has the opportunity to use the pool. This is quite often the highlight of the children's week.

Being such a small school poses challenges with funds for 'non-core' academic activities such as this pool, so sadly it is the last item on a long list. There is no lack of desire from all parents, teachers and the like, simply the funds have to be prioritised. 

Tell us more about your project and how it will benefit your community if you are successful.
We are very fortunate to benefit from a swimming pool at our school. After having the liner patched for the last 2 years it is now becoming ineffective. We would spend the money raised on a complete new liner. If we had any surplus money then we would revamp the changing rooms. (2 sheds) This would include a new flooring, new benches, shelving and some better partitioning.

Please give a breakdown of the costs of your project.
The funding would cover the cost of the removal of the old lining, the new liner and the installation. It would cost around £4350 inc VAT to do the pool. Changing rooms, £600.00 to vanish the outside and paint the inside of the sheds. £320.00 for new flooring mats. £370 Storage shoe benches. £1100 for 2 x 10 hook cloakroom benches. £300.00 to clear, clean, build and install new equipment total £7,070.00

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