Wadurs Pool hits funding target for accessible changing facilities
Investment will allow more local people to benefit from swimming
Wadurs Swimming Pool is to upgrade its changing facilities to meet the needs of adults and children with disabilities after receiving a cash boost from the Co-op.
The Co-op Community Fund has awarded Adur Community Leisure, the charity which runs Wadurs Swimming Pool, £14,183 to help make swimming accessible for all members of the community.
The donation made by the Co-op in Shoreham means Adur Community Leisure has hit its funding target raising a total of £184,844. Other donations received to date include £120,000 from Adur District Council S106 monies, £50,000 from Sport England, £1,000 from Tesco’s Community Scheme and £461 from the public.
Thanks to the funding, the charity can now progress plans for bigger and better disabled changing facilities at the centre in Kingston Broadway, Shoreham-by-Sea. This includes refurbishing the existing toilet facilities and providing a fully inclusive Changing Places facility complete with a hoist and changing bed.
The new changing facilities will cater for people with a wide range of disabilities such as those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and incontinence.
“As a charitable organisation every penny counts. We are so grateful to the Co-op and the rest of our funders for their generosity. Thanks to them that we can now press ahead with our plans and make Wadurs accessible so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of swimming. Our new toilets and changing facilities will make a huge difference to people with additional needs and their carers,” says centre manager Simon Bunn.
The project forms part of a wider refurbishment of the centre. Project plans will go out to tender at the end of the year with work due to start on site spring/summer 2019.