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Chair calls for support to Debenham Community Pool project to help make up £170,000 shortfall

By Mike Scialom

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

The chairman of a steering group behind an ambitious £400,000 project to bring swimming facilities to Debenham is calling on people and businesses to back their bid.

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.

The new pool 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 £120,000 has been raised through local grants, charities, and a number of fundraising events, while Sport England awarded £109,000 from their Inspired Fund.

But with a deadline on some grants, the project must be started by the end of this year. Currently, there is a £170,000 shortfall.

Chairman Sascha Feeney-Howells told the Diss Express: “The community have done so well so far fundraising and applying for grants, but now this is not going to happen without some help.

“This project is about building an all year pool for the community- school children, not just from Debenham School but surrounding schools, families, and older people.

“We are all told to be more healthy and that’s what we are trying to do – but we need help.”

The project has the support of Mid Suffolk District Council and Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter.

n The next fundraising event is a Summer Ball, set for Saturday, June 13, at Debenham Community Centre. Running 7pm until late, there will be a three course meal and live music. Tickets, at £22.50 per person, are available from Debenham Leisure Centre.

n For more information, visit www.debenhamcommunityswimmingpool.org.uk

n If you can help the project, contact the Debenham Community Swimming Pool group by emailing contact@debenhamcommunityswimmingpool.org.uk

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