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Fundraising effort for school swimming pool takes to the skies


Five daredevils are to jump from over 13,000 feet to raise money for repairs for the much-loved swimming pool in Leonard Stanley Primary School.

A group of school parents, governors and even a local District Councillor, have come together to do a group sky dive from over 13,000 feet to raise crucial funds to fix the foundations of Leonard Stanley Primary School’s swimming pool. Without these funds the pool faces long-term closure depriving both the school children and local community of a vital resource.

IMG 5545 | Fundraising effort for school swimming pool takes to the skies

Cracks appeared last year in the pool’s foundations after the summer heatwave caused subsidence. The school now needs to raise around £45,000 (plus VAT) to keep the pool open and safe for the kids to use.The group of five taking part in the jump include Lisa Williams, the School Office Manager who has just battled cancer and has said that she is willing to do “whatever it takes” to keep the pool open. Lisa herself learnt to swim in the pool as a child.

She will be jumping alongside Sue Tabb, the Chair of Governors and former teacher at the school, Andrew Perry a current parent who also sits as a Governor, Rob Higgins another school parent and Cllr Steve Hynd, the Green Party District Councillor for The Stanley’s. The group wants to represent more than just the school and involve the wider community – stressing that the pool serves the whole village, not just the children who attended Leonard Stanley Primary School.Commenting Lisa Williams said,

“Like so many in the village, I learnt to swim in this pool. For many it is their only access to swimming at all. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to keep this pool open. Not just for the school but for every child and family locally who swims in it.”

Rob added: “I’ve seen my little boy grow in confidence from being able to regularly have swimming lessons as part of the school week. It is one of the huge benefits of him coming to Leonard Stanley school. I’m hoping that by taking part in this jump I can encourage others to make generous contributions to our fundraising campaign.”

Cllr Steve Hynd added: “This fundraising effort is about everyone pulling together to protect an essential community asset in the Stanleys. The Parish Council has already donated generously, I know some local businesses have chipped in and now it’s a chance for everyone in the village and those who have benefited from this pool over the decades to dig deep and do what they can to keep it open.”

To donate please visit Team Leonard Stanley’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/teamleonardstanleyskydivers

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