Axminster's Flamingo Pool launches crowdfunding appeal

  Posted: 28.07.20 at 10:19 by Philip Evans

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The charity-run Flamingo Pool in Axminster has launched a crowdfunding appeal to ensure the future of the popular amenity which has yet to re-open from coronavirus lockdown.

Indoor pools have been given the go-ahead to open again with strict social distancing rules being observed.

But the Axe Valley Swimming Association, the registered charity which runs the pool, issued a statement last week saying they were doing all they could to re-open and appealed to the public to "support us or lose us".

In a further statement on their website today, the association is appealing for donations from the public.

The statement said: "Following the overwhelming feedback from our valued customers we have set up a JustGiving page for anyone who wishes to continue their support through this closure and difficult times.

"Please donate all you can and share this page wide and far to aid our chances of ensuring sustainability for our fantastic community facility.

"Your support is greatly appreciated from all at the Flamingo Pool and wider community and we thank you for your ongoing support."

Other fundraising initiatives include the 100 Club in which members give £4 a month for the chance of winning up to £60 and going through the Giving Machine when buying online to enable the pool to receive vital funds and no cost to the buyer.

Other East Devon pools at Exmouth and Sidmouth - run by East Devon Leisure, an offshoot of East Devon District Council - are opening on Saturday (August 1) but don't rely on public funding.

Those who wish to make a donation to the Flamingo Pool can do so by visiting the JustGiving page.

Following comments on social media, the association released the costs of running the pool: £432,972 a year; £36,000 a month; £1,266 a day; £105 an hour; £1.75 a minute.

And the added: "We greatly appreciate any donation no matter of size in order to help keep out local community friendly swimming pool afloat."

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