Fundraising towards the shortfall for Bridgnorth’s swimming pool gathered pace over the summer. In negotiations spearheaded by resident Nancy Brown and Bridgnorth Town Councillors, Shropshire Council and Bridgnorth Town Council agreed to donate £30k each towards the £70k gap.
The costs of the refurbishment escalated when the roof supports for the pool, which is now managed by Bridgnorth Endowed School and Halo Leisure, were deemed unsafe and asbestos was discovered on site. The hoist was also found to need replacing at a further cost of £17k. Further donations from members of the public, local companies Craven Dunnill and Bridgnorth Aluminium, Bridgnorth Mayor Ron Whittle and Tasley Parish Council have helped move the fundraising towards the total needed.
Northgate Swimming Club, the largest single users of the pool, also donated a cheque for £2,500.
Nancy said, “We are so grateful for these generous donations – the pool is a resource which affects the whole community and I have been so heartened by the response to our ‘Help our Pool’ campaign.” Nancy has also organised a raffle, to which many high street shops and local businesses have donated prizes, and a ‘Back to School’ family disco will take place on Saturday 9 September at the Edgar Davies Ground from 6-10pm.