Our small town is lucky enough to have two large swimming pools – the indoor pool is open year-round and the landscaped outdoor pools are usually open from May – September. Faversham Pools has been an institution at the heart of the town since opening – funded in part by public donations – in 1964. Generations of local people have learned to swim here, and it’s Faversham’s most popular tourist attraction, with over a quarter of a million swimmers per year. However, this year the Pools are closed until it is possible to safely reopen.
All possible costs have been minimised, and all teachers, lifeguards and most other staff have been furloughed – meaning 80% of their salaries are paid by the government. Despite this, essential maintenance, utilities and other management costs still have to be covered and just covering the bare minimum costs the Pools over £20,000 every month the Pools are closed. With no swimmer income this will result in significantly depleted reserves and the need for the charity to seek funding to help meet the gap. The busy summer months make up over half of the Pools’ annual income, compensating for the quieter winter months – meaning the loss of the summer season is particularly serious for the charity.
Chair of trustees Geoff Wade says:
‘We face serious challenges to protect the Pools’ future but I am thankful for the effort being put in by our team, and the strong messages of support we’ve received from the public give confidence for the future.’
The Pools have set an ambitious target for their Reopening Appeal at GoFundMe.com/favershampools. Every donation, no matter the size, will help. Each and every pound will help get the Pools in the best possible position for reopening.
Alternatively you can donate by texting SPLASH followed by the amount you wish to give to 70085. So, to donate £10, text ‘SPLASH 10’.
More information about ways to support the Pools is available at www.favershampools.com/support.