£500,000 raised to develop Treloar’s swimming pool
Over the last few years, as the complexity of our School and College students has increased, the number of students who can use our onsite pool for swimming and hydrotherapy was dramatically reducing as it became increasingly difficult to get them in and out of the pool.
We therefore embarked upon a plan and fundraising appeal to renovate the pool to increase capacity by 60% through:
- Adding five new changing rooms with direct tracked hoists to the pool
- Reducing the depth of the pool at the deep end to allow more students to be supported in the water by their carers
- Improving ventilation to reduce fatigue
- Retiling the pool to help the visual needs of students
These changes were needed to provide significant physiological and mental health benefits to our students, local families who use the swimming pool for lessons and disability charities who use our facilities during the holiday periods.
Over the last year, Treloar’s was running a fundraising appeal for this project and are thrilled to have raised £500,000 through grants and individual donations. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported this appeal and in particular to East Hampshire District Council who have awarded the project an incredible £190,000 through the Community Infrastructure Levy and The Gosling Foundation for an amazing £100,000 grant.
Peter Caplan, a Trustee of The Gosling Foundation, said:
The Gosling Foundation are delighted to have been able to award Treloar’s with a £100,000 grant towards their swimming pool redevelopment project. The fact that the refurbished pool will almost double the number of young disabled people who can use it each week, together with the many benefits and enjoyment that swimming and hydrotherapy bring were key factors in our decision. The pool will be used for many years to come, and we look forward to seeing the finished result.
All at Treloar’s are exceptionally grateful for the support from everyone who has given so generously to this appeal. The works are due to complete in November, and we look forward to providing a further update at this time.