Keep our children swimming at Overstone school!

by Overstone School - Shelley Thomas in Wing, England, United Kingdom

Keep our children swimming at Overstone school!
We did it
On 30th April 2021 we successfully raised £2,460 ( + est. £457.50 Gift Aid ) with 63 supporters in 88 days

Please donate to this much needed cause to carry out critical repairs to the pool so our children can use it again.

by Overstone School - Shelley Thomas in Wing, England, United Kingdom

Who are we?

We are a foundation primary school based in the village of Wing in Buckinghamshire and we’re desperately in need of funding to repair and restore the school’s swimming pool. As teachers and parents, we understand that swimming is a critical life skill that all children need to learn at the earliest possible age, for safety, sport and self-confidence, and continuing to providing access to the schools own pool is key to this. 

Why are we asking for help?

Unfortunately the pandemic has affected our ability to carry out fundraisers and generate additional income for the school where needed. Financially, this leaves us short as a school and supporting larger projects such as these essential repairs cannot take priority.

Time has taken its toll on the pool itself and it urgently requires extensive repair to fix the lining. The result of this is that pupils are now having to be transported to other pools in the county in order to keep swimming lessons going and can no longer use their own pool. This service is also only available to a limited number of classes due to the number and age of the younger pupils and sadly, many children are now missing out on those essential first swimming lessons. 

The roof to the pool is also now in a dilapidated state and will need replacing in the near future. Those of you who have had the pleasure of learning to swim in the school pool may also remember the chilly walk outside between the changing rooms and the pool building, since moving the changing rooms this walk is now even longer. This clearly needs modernising and it’s something which we also hope to address in the future, if funding permits.

What are we asking from you?

We are asking for your help in keeping this important community resource alive, so that our children (past, present, and future) can continue to benefit from it. Learning how to swim is such an important skill for any child and often the lessons they get at school are the only chance they get to actually put their feet in the water as swimming lessons locally are costly and waiting lists long.

On a personal note, I learnt to swim in this pool, as did my brother, and it was only because of this that at the age of 9 he saved the life of our ‘then’ 2 year old sister when she was drowning. It only takes a second. 

Please help!

Please, please give anything you can to this cause - however big or small. We understand that during Covid a lot of people are struggling and funds are short, but we cannot let this cause slip us by. I will personally start off the donations by giving £100 that I would normally be spending on commuting to work.

Thank you all x

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