People’s Millions means Flamingo Pool can splash out

PUBLISHED: 10:51 05 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:51 05 December 2014

Flamingo Poll fundraiser Dana Haydon-Sycammore (front left) with Manager Steve Buxton,Gareth Parker and supporters holding their lottery cheque. Ref mha 9196-49-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.

Flamingo Poll fundraiser Dana Haydon-Sycammore (front left) with Manager Steve Buxton,Gareth Parker and supporters holding their lottery cheque. Ref mha 9196-49-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.

Archant

Charity will use money to buy new equipment

Swimmers in Axminster will soon be able to do their exercises in the water, after Flamingo Pool won a £50,000 grant.

The news of the funding, which allows them to install new gym-style equipment, came through on Wednesday (November 26) morning.

The grant comes as part of The People’s Millions, which is a partnership between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund, which allows members of the public to decide which cause gets the funding.

“We weren’t allowed to tell anyone until about 6.15pm when the show aired,” said duty manager Steven Phillips. “It goes without saying, we’re absolutely ecstatic.”

Flamingo Pool beat off competition from a Cornish care company in a public vote to get the money, which enables them to install Aquagym equipment, which is traditional gym apparatus that sits in the pool.

Steven said: “We had the equipment here for ITV to film the cheque presentation. Everybody really loved it.”

The eight exercise pieces will allow Flamingo Pool to become the only one in the South West to have such facilities.

“It’s something that is a bit special and everybody has worked really hard to get this,” said Steven. “It is amazing how the community can come together for something like this.”

The Flamingo Pool, a self-funded charity, has been providing an eco-friendly public community swimming pool for the benefit of the residents and visitors of Axe Valley since it was built in 1998.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Midweek Herald. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Midweek Herald