‘Time running out’ for £400,000 Debenham swimming pool project

The proposed vision for Debenham pool ANL-150806-125713001
The proposed vision for Debenham pool ANL-150806-125713001

The chair of a £400,000 project to bring a community swimming pool to Debenham says time is running out for the ambitious plan.

The outdoor pool in the north Suffolk village has been out of use since 2012. A group of parents and supporters began raising funds to build a new heated indoor pool at the school, labelled the Debenham Community Swimming Pool project.

We are looking for businesses, business people, philanthropists, angels, lifesavers — anyone that can help.

Sacha Feeney-Howells

It would be built on the Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School playing field, next to the pre-school playgroup building, able to accommodate 30 swimmers, three swimming lesson groups at a time, and have its own changing rooms.

More than £230,000 has been secured through grants, donations and funding, but £170,000 is still needed to unlock grants from the likes of Sport England by the end of the month.

Chair of the project, Sacha Feeney-Howells, told the Diss Express: “We are looking for businesses, business people, philanthropists, angels, lifesavers —anyone that can help.

“The community’s fundraising efforts and support have been immense and humbling — teachers doing sponsored cycle rides from Barcelona pool to London’s pool and then on to Debenham, fun runs that have now become annual events, quiz nights, children cleaning shoes. The list goes on and on.

“The benefits are endless. School children from four different local schools would have more swim time, their curriculum time would not be interfered with by transport issues.

“All ages would be able to access the pool, enabling health, well being, socializing, learning a life skill.

“Mental health issues could be helped by usage of the pool, for example Mencap and The Debenham Project for dementia.

“Isolated families due to rural surroundings and lack of transport would have the facilities at hand.

“Please help us, don’t let all this good will and hard work go to waste”

The project received a big boost this week after a £5,000 donation from Wetheringsett-based Plinth 2000.

For more see www.debenhamcommunityswimmingpool.org.uk.

If you can help, email contact@debenhamcommunityswimmingpool.org.uk