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Time to dip in to help ensure this pool’s future

Developer of local housing project kickstarts the fundraising

Avid swimmers in Kent, are you aware that one of the county’s most important swimming pools is floundering at the moment? It needs your help to continue its good work. So, if you wish to save an important amenity, we suggest you consider digging deep to help out.

The pool is Faversham Pools and fundraising for it has been kickstarted with a £500 donation to its Mile of Pounds appeal from David Wilson Homes Kent, the builder of the Perry Court development on Brogdale Road in the town.

Faversham Pools launched the campaign when it had to close for a second time due to national lockdown. The charity is seeking to raise the ambitious target of £70,000 – the equivalent of a mile of pound coins – to help it survive this difficult time. Attendances have been hit by restricted capacity and limited hours, and there is continuing uncertainty about whether it can open its popular outdoor pool next summer. As well as being a local favourite, often used by local schools and community groups for physio and rehabilitation, organisations supporting adults and children with disabilities travel from across the county to use the accessible facilities.

Faversham Pools’ chairman Geoff Wade (left) and manager Roger Lake.

Geoff Wade, chairman at Faversham Pools, said: “Since our pools were built in the 1960s, it is an important and ongoing project for us to update and modernise our facilities. We managed to raise enough money last year to replace the ageing heating infrastructure and, given the financial hardship we have faced due to the lockdown, we are very grateful to David Wilson Homes for its donation to get the ball rolling on our new campaign to keep us at the heart of the local community. ”

Faversham Pools is also a particularly unique swimming pool establishment as it is the only remaining outdoor pool in the UK with one metre, three metre and five metre diving boards.

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director for David Wilson Kent, said: “Swimming is so important for both physical and mental health, so we are pleased to support Faversham Pools’ fundraising efforts. The pool encourages a healthier lifestyle for the residents of Faversham and surrounding areas, and we hope this donation helps in its next phase of redevelopment.”

David Wilson Kent’s Perry Court development is less than a mile from Faversham Pools, where a collection of three- and four-bedroom homes are available. Prices start from £349,995 for a three-bedroom home.

To find out more about Perry Court or David Wilson Kent, call 0333 3558 503 or visit www.dwh.co.uk.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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