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Closed 31/12/2016

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£10,727raised of £10,000 target by 239 supporters

    Weʼve raised £10,727 to keep our beautiful community swimming pool open for local schools, families, and clubs to enjoy using.

    Location
    Reading, United Kingdom
    Time left
    Funded on Saturday, 31st December 2016

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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

      6 months ago

      Peter Burt

      Thanks very much everybody - our appeal is now closed and we have met and exceeded our target of £10,000. On behalf of all the Arthur Hill team, we're very grateful to everybody who helped us get there. We will be organising another community event soon - hopefully in February - to discuss future plans and keep you all updated. Thanks again and have a happy New Year - let's hope that 2017 sees Arthur Hill open for swimming again!

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    • Peter Burt

      Peter Burt

      6 months ago

      Peter Burt

      Thank you very much to everyone who has supported our appeal from all the Arthur Hill Pool campaigners - and Happy Christmas!

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    • Peter Burt

      Peter Burt

      6 months ago

      Peter Burt

      Congratulations everybody, and thank you very much! We've reached the Gold Medal stage and achieved our appeal target! The response to our appeal has been amazing - and humbling. We've had some really generous donations ranging from anonymous donations of £500 to £5 in cash from a homeless man who learnt to swim at Arthur Hill. The money is still pouring in, so we've set a new 'stretch' target of £12,000 by 31 December. The extra £2000 will help us to fund repair work on the pool structure. Thanks again and Happy Christmas!

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    • Peter Burt

      Peter Burt

      6 months ago

      Peter Burt

      Congratulations everybody - we've now raised over £9000 and are well past our Silver Medal target. Only £1000 to go until we reach our goal! Thank you all very much and please keep up the fantastic work!

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    7 months ago

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    239

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 29, 2016

      From members of the Reading Dolphin Swimming Club. We must disband as Reading Borough Council has closed Arthur Hill. Alternatives are not suited to our disabled members. Hope the pool will be saved.

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 28, 2016

      This is really worthwhile: congratulations on the funding so far! A & J H

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 28, 2016

      Come on Arthur, you can do it!

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 27, 2016

      £20.00

    • Peter Winter

      Peter Winter

      Dec 26, 2016

      It would be fantastic to keep the pool open

      £5.00

    • Paul Quilty

      Paul Quilty

      Dec 24, 2016

      £30.00

    • Elizabeth Staley

      Elizabeth Staley

      Dec 23, 2016

      Happy Christmas and good luck. John and Elizabeth Staley.

      £30.00

    About the fundraiser
    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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