STAFF are going to new heights to support a fundraising campaign for a swimming pool.
Eighteen members of staff from Leesland Infant and Junior Schools will be abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower as they look to raise the £90,000 needed for repairs to the pool.
We still have a long way to go to raise all the funds but we are doing well.Kate Dowell
Since launching the campaign, businesses and community groups in Gosport have stepped in and raised just over £38,000.
Leesland Juniors, off Gordon Road, has also been raising money with cake sales, bag-packing in supermarkets and fairs.
Business manager Kate Dowell came up with the Spinnaker abseil.
She said: ‘I will be one of the staff members doing it and I am terrified.
‘I would never have done anything like this if we didn’t launch the campaign for the new pool. We are all excited but scared at the same time.’
She added: ‘We still have a long way to go to raise all the funds but we are doing well.
‘As a school, we need lots of ideas as we can’t keep asking the parents to pay for things.
‘Although our pupils use the pool, it is also used a lot by the wider community as it is the only pool in this area.’
As previously reported in The News, around 800 swims a week take place at the pool.
It caters for seven other schools in the town and provides swimming lessons for young children.
But leaks in the roof, which was built in the 1970s, could have seen it closed down.
Rather than just fix the leaks, it was recommended that the whole roof should be replaced.
Ms Dowell said the school had received a lot of help with fundraising from the community. Gosport Rotary Club donated £5,000, while Councillors Peter Edgar, Christopher Carter and Peter Chegwyn all gave £1,000.
‘The support from the community has been amazing,’ said Ms Dowell.
‘We are delighted with how the organisations in Gosport have supported us right from the start of the campaign.’
To get involved, visit the school website at leeslandschools-fed.co.uk.