Portsmouth City Councillor hands over £5,000 towards Hilsea Lido

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VOLUNTEERS working to restore Hilsea Lido have received a boost from a Portsmouth city councillor.

Lib Dem Margaret Foster, who represents the Charles Dickens ward, handed over a cheque for £5,000 to the Hilsea Lido Pool for the People group, which is working to restore the outdoor pool.

The money came from sales of her book Mudlarkers, which collects the stories of adults who used to play in the Portsea mud looking for coins when they were young.

Sabrina Richards, who co-ordinates volunteers’ efforts said: ‘It’s wonderful to get this help – it will be put to good use.’

On the group’s Facebook page is the message: ‘Very grateful thanks to Margaret Foster. HLPP Trust have been presented with a cheque for £5,000, money raised through the sale of Margaret’s book. We will spend it wisely.’

Cllr Foster is already a member of the committee backing Hilsea Lido Pool For the People Trust helping to raise much-needed funds.

She said: ‘They’re doing a good job here and we all want to do our bit to help get the lido back to its glory days.’

Lib Dem councillors recently responded to volunteer calls to help remove overgrown vegetation and rubbish holding up work in the main pool entrance, allowing volunteers to continue painting and repairing the entrance to get it looking good for this summer’s season of activities.