Community’s chance to help pool brick by brick

PUBLISHED: 11:30 19 March 2015


Budleigh residents who want to help secure the future of the town’s swimming pool are being urged to act now to get involved in a fundraising campaign.

The Warm Wish group, which raises money for the pool, at St Peter’s Primary School, is raising money to replace the structure which covers the pool, which is said to be no longer fit for purpose.

Initially, the target was to raise £40,000 for a new cover, but it was then announced earlier this year that the group would be increasing its target to £80,000, enough for the new facility to also include a toilet, shower, male and female changing facilities and an alternative entrance.

To help with its fundraising, the group has been running a ‘buy a brick’ campaign, allowing people to purchase a brick, on which can be engraved their own name, or the name of their family, business or organisation, to be mounted in a prominent position on the outside wall of the school’s year six cloakroom, facing the playground.

The Warm Wish group’s Julie Cotton said: “Once mounted, the bricks will be there as a part of the history of the school so that, when people who bought them are no longer around, their name will live on.

“I often see children at playtime going across and looking for their name or spotting the names of their teachers or friends. It’s a lovely way to be a part of the school.

“This may be the last opportunity for people to be a part of this lovely thing.

“We are not sure that it will happen again so we would urge anyone interested to buy their brick, or bricks, now.”

Each brick has up to 25 characters. People can have several names on one brick, up to this total, or buy more than one brick and, on special request have them mounted next to each other. The cost of a brick is £25 for an individual or charity, and £35 for a business.

Anyone who wants to take part in the scheme can pick up an application form from the school office, or can arrange to receive one by emailing, or calling Julie on 01395 442496.

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