Making swimming greener - the space, not the water

by Rosie in Settle, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th July 2022 we successfully raised £8,061 ( + est. £905.50 Gift Aid ) with 79 supporters in 69 days

To make indoor swimming at Settle Pool more environmentally friendly, and save money on utility bills.

by Rosie in Settle, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Spend it on desirable upgrades to pool water circulation equipment (boring but necessary)

Who are we?

Settle Are1651682038_1651682039773.jpega Swimming pool provides indoor swimming facilities, and will soon have a new dry side room for health and wellbeing activities.  We provide swimming lessons for adults and children, host school swimming, a swimming club and a group for disabled swimmers.

Community impact

We are currently building a new mult1651682185_1651682186747.jpegi-use area which will be used for dryside fitness and wellbeing activities, and will be hirable for local community  organisations. We serve a rural community in North Yorkshire, there is no similar facility within 13 miles. The pool has been community run since it was first built by public efforts in 1974. This photo was taken when it first opened.

Why are we crowdfunding?

We are repairi1651609291_1651609291172.jpegng the main pool roof after damage by high winds during Storm Arwen in November 2021. This is the ideal opportunity to install solar panels which will create a sustainable energy source for the pool, and offset our energy costs. We also want to install new pumps for the water circulation system, and other items of water filtration equipment, all of which will make our operations more energy efficient. The picture shows the pool as it is now, with the old roof removed ready for re-roofing. Truly living up to its name as the pool with a view!

How our project will be United by Birmingham 2022

Swimming helps improve health and fitness, we hope people will be inspired to take up swimming as a result of watching the Birmingham1651682534_1651682536027.jpeg Commonwealth games in summer 2022. The games finish in August and we will be re-opening our pool with a  new roof in early September, an ideal follow on. Being able to add solar panels to the roof will help alot with our long term financial stabilty, particulary as many pools around the country are finding life hard due to rising utility costs.


How we will spend the money 

We will purchase and install 75 solar panels on the new pool roof, which is currently being installed, the photo below shows the new roof sections as they arrived on site. We will purchase and install new pool water circulation and water filtration equipment.


How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. Create a fundraiser of your own. Use the button on our page to get started. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

Prize Draw for 12 bottles Wine from Buon Vino

Entry into a prize draw to win 12 bottles of natural wine from local supplier Buon Vino

£5 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Settle Tea Towel

Printed tea towel of Settle, donated by Lamberts News

£10 or more

Prize draw for Cheesemaking Course

Entry in to a prize draw to win a free cheesemaking course at the famous local cheese supplier, the Courtyard Dairy. Normal price £130.

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A Plant from Catkins

A plant from Catkins Florist

£25 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Insulated drinks flask

An insulated drinks flask donated by Castleberg Outdoors, Usually sells at £37.95

£50 or more

£50 reward

Free swim when the pool reopens (worth £5)

£50 or more

£5 voucher for Settle Pool Fundraising Shop

Voucher for £5 to spend at our fundraising shop

£100 or more

£100 Reward

3 free swims when the pool re-opens (worth £15)

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£30 voucehr from Lyndsey's hairstylist

A £30 voucher from Lyndsey's boutique hairstylist at 10 Kirkgate, Settle.

£200 or more

£200 reward for businesses

Free Advert in our member newsletter ( sent my email to over 500 subscribers)

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

e-bike hire for 2 people

e-bike hire from Three Peaks cycles - one full day for 2 people or two half days. Usual price £98 per day or £70 half day.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£50 garden centre voucher

A £50 voucher from Lay of the Land garden centre in Settle to spend in their shop or cafe

£400 or more

Poolside advertising for businesses

Free advertising board at the pool side for a year when we re-open (usual price is £500)

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bird Feeding Station

Bird Feeding Station from Field to Home Pet shop next to the Co-Op in Settle Market Place

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 to spend in the Wholesome Bee

£20 voucher to spend in the Wholesome Bee - health food and eco shop in Settle

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