Saving Wivey Pool

The Wivey Pool team, including our Year 10 student Susannah R, swam the Channel in September to raise funds to save the pool – an incredible achievement.

The Wivey Wildcats team is raising money for the pool, which could be forced to close due to rising costs. It originally opened in 1927 and now needs to raise £100,000 to help cut costs by switching to green energy. The team of five teenagers started the swim across the 21 mile stretch of water between Dover and Calais and completed it in a relay for an hour at a time.

The children battled jellyfish, a lumpy swell and strong tides starting in the dark early hours from Samphire Hoe near Dover and eventually landing near Cap Griz Nez in France. The group took on the challenge to help secure Wivey Pool for future generations.

The £5,700 they raised will go towards the cost of a newly installed air source heat pump powered by solar panels making the pool more sustainable and one of the most environmentally friendly swimming pools in the south west.

The Chair of Wivey Pool, Liz Hurry, said: “I am beyond proud of what these youngsters have achieved. Everyone at the pool is immensely proud of them. Wivey born and bred swimmers who learned to swim at our community pool doing so much to help the pool is humbling.”

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