Fundrais­ing pool tiles selling fast

The Oban Times - - Community News -

STAFF at a swimming pool on Is­lay have sold more than 10,000 of its tiles to raise funds to keep the fa­cil­ity open.

The grout, ex­pan­sion joints and ar­eas of tiling have de­te­ri­o­rated to such an ex­tent at the pool at the Mactag­gart leisure cen­tre in Bowmore, that a com­plete drain­ing of the pool is re­quired to un­der­take up­grade works.

The pool is a reg­is­tered char­ity, run by the so­cial en­ter­prise com­pany, Is­lay and Jura Com­mu­nity En­ter­prises, and had the work priced by a con­trac­tor at £17,000.

A cam­paign was launched in April to raise the nec­es­sary cap­i­tal, with staff ask­ing the com­mu­nity for help, selling the tiles off to raise funds, although it is more of a spon­sor­ship as the tiles will not be phys­i­cally re­moved.

Staff cal­cu­lated that the 11,500 tiles, sold at a price of £1.50 each, would be enough to raise the money. To date, just 908 are still up for grabs.

Cen­tre man­ager, Gary Scott, said: ‘It’s been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. The pool is due to close dur­ing the first week in De­cem­ber, and by then we hope that the fi­nal 908 tiles will have gone.

‘I think peo­ple like the idea of buy­ing a tile - it’s a tan­gi­ble thing and they can re­late to it.

‘ When the job is fin­ished it won’t trans­form the pool, but it is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial main­te­nance, and should set us in good stead for another 20 years.

‘We have had some amaz­ing do­na­tions. One woman anony­mously bought 1000 tiles for £1500. We have had do­na­tions from a lot of peo­ple who don’t use the fa­cil­i­ties too. So even though they don’t use the pool, they are sym­pa­thetic to the cause.’

Any­one wish­ing to help close the fund­ing gap can pur­chase tiles at the pool re­cep­tion, or can for­ward cheques, payable to Is­lay and Jura Com­mu­nity En­ter­prises, to Mactag­gart Leisure Cen­tre, School Street, Bowmore, Is­lay PA43 7JS.

Gary Scott with a pool tile at the Mactag­gart leisure


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