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£5,820raised of £10,000 target by 93 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to keep our beautiful community swimming pool open for local schools, families, and clubs to enjoy using.

Location
Reading, United Kingdom
Time left
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Reading Borough Council is planning to close our much loved local swimming pool - the Arthur Hill memorial baths in Reading - but we're determined to keep it open!

To save Arthur Hill swimming pool we need to raise £10,000 (details below). Please donate whatever you can to help us.

This historic pool has been open for 105 years, and was a gift to the community from the family of a former Mayor of Reading, Arthur Hill, an enlightened and progressive councillor who did much to support local people.

The pool is very popular with local people, providing a range of sessions and classes for local school children, families, women only, and young people with disabilities. It's very much a community pool, and plays an important role in bringing people together locally - both socially and to take exercise.

The Council say that they don't have enough money to keep the pool open until 2020, when they hope to have built a new pool nearby. In the meantime, travel to other pools elsewhere in Reading will be time-consuming and difficult, especially for many local people who don't own cars.

We're determined to keep the pool open and are setting up a community interest company to work with the Council to keep Arthur Hill Pool going until a new pool is built. We're aiming to raise £10,000 to set the new company up, prepare a business plan to raise the money we need to keep the pool open, and work with experienced fund-raisers to get the grant funding necessary for essential repair work.

We're keen to work with Reading Borough Council to do this, but don't worry - if the Council refuse to co-operate with us and the plan falls through, we've pledged to give all the money we raise to local schools to help them pay to for transport to swimming lessons at other pools.

Find out more on Facebook at SaveArthurHill, Twitter at @ArthurHillPool, or our webpage arthur-hill.org.uk

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  • Peter Burt

    Peter Burt

    8 days ago

    Peter Burt

    Here's a picture of Clara - she's seven years old and she's currently having swimming lessons at Arthur Hill Pool. She's one of the local kids who will lose out when the Council closes Arthur Hill in December. We're raising money to keep the pool open so that Clara and her friends can keep on swimming here until a new pool is built in the area. Thank you very much to everyone who has donated so far to our appeal. We've had some very generous donations and are now over a third of the way to meeting our target. Keep up the good work!

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  • Peter Burt

    Peter Burt

    12 days ago

    Peter Burt

    Here's our new fundraising video to help explain why we are raising money to save Arthur Hill pool - it's on Youtube, so please share it with your friends! :-) Thank you again to everyone who has contributed to the appeal - we have had some extremely generous donations, for which I am most grateful.

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  • Peter Burt

    Peter Burt

    14 days ago

    Peter Burt

    Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed to this appeal for your support so far. I'm amazed that, only four days after launching the appeal, we are nearly 20% of the way to meeting our target! Several people have offered to help in running events to raise funds, so watch out for Amanda and Martin's fitness challenge at the Arthur Hill gym, and please also put any loose change into Amanda's Envelope if you go to any of her classes. :-) Thanks very much indeed for all your help and please keep up the superb effort!

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  • John Mullaney

    John Mullaney

    Dec 5, 2016

    Well done Peter and everyone involved with this effort to keep Arthur Hill Pool open. :)

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 5, 2016

    From all at Habitat First Group

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 5, 2016

    £10.00

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Peter Burt

Peter Burt

Reading, United Kingdom

I've been swimming at Arthur Hill pool for more than twenty years and I know how important it is in bringing people together and keeping them healthy. I live in East Reading and am a keen swimmer and runner when I'm not busy running my own self-employed business.

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