Splash­ing the cash on re­fur­bish­ment of pool

Fa­cil­ity for those with spe­cial needs is re­opened

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A POOL for spe­cial needs swim­mers has re­opened with a splash.

The Men­cap Ju­bilee Pool, op­er­ated by the Hilling­don South So­ci­ety for Men­tally Hand­i­capped Chil­dren, was of­fi­cially re­opened by Fiona Cas­tle – the widow of en­ter­tainer Roy Cas­tle, who had car­ried out the orig­i­nal open­ing in 1981. The £120,000 re­fur­bish­ment in­cluded a new wooden canopy over the pool it­self.

“It was a lovely evening and every­body was very im­pressed,” said Dot Bryant, a vol­un­teer. “The whole place has a lovely smell of new wood.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Ro­tary Club of Elthorne-Hilling­don, The But­ter­flies fundrais­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion and Sains­bury’s Uxbridge – who have all sup­ported the project fi­nan­cially – were there at the open­ing night, on Tues­day last week.

The char­ity, which comes un­der the um­brella of men­tal health char­ity Men­cap, was able to raise the bulk of the cash through grant ap­pli­ca­tions from Sport Eng­land, Hilling­don Com­mu­nity Trust, The Garfield We­ston Trust and The Bernard Sun­ley Char­i­ta­ble Trust, but there was a short­fall of about £12,000 which was raised lo­cally through nu­mer­ous fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The build­ing was de­signed and man­aged by lo­cal ar­chi­tect Mark Bald­win and built by Kirk Clugston.

The pool, in the grounds of Hilling­don Manor School, in Har­ling­ton Road, Hilling­don, of­fers mem­bers of the com­mu­nity with spe­cial needs a place to ex­er­cise, learn to swim and so­cialise.

Now the man­age­ment com­mit­tee is look­ing to se­cure fresh grants and raise more money to re­fur­bish the chang­ing rooms and build stor­age and of­fice space, plus a view­ing area for par­ents and car­ers.

If you can help in cash or kind, call so­ci­ety sec­re­tary Anne Sel­lars on 07941 738 984.

n OPEN­ING: (Above) Vol­un­teer Mar­garet Slat­ter and Lee Sci­cluna and (above right) the ‘new’ pool Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

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