Charity move for swimming pool appeal

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Campaigners for a new swimming pool in Swaffham have announced plans to form a new charitable fund to spearhead the appeal.

The long-standing ambition to build a pool in the town was revived earlier this year when residents Carolyn Watts and Helen Manson unveiled their vision for a new outdoor heated pool.

Now, they have revealed they are applying to the Charities Commission to obtain the status of a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) to spearhead fundraising for the project.

It is estimated the plan will cost around £1.5 million to complete.

The status, which only came into force in England two years ago, is designed to allow non-profit organisations to carry out business in their own names, without them having to also register as a company, as has previously been required.

And Ms Watts and Mrs Manson said: “When this is achieved, it will be run by a group of trustees.”

News of the move follows the appointment of Ms Watts and Mrs Manson as co-chairmen of the Swaffham Swimming Pool Association (SPA).

If the CIO bid is successful, the association’s name will be changed to the Swaffham Swimming Pool CIO.

Brian Clements has been made treasurer, while Pippa Wade and Claire Hopley also remain involved with the group.