Swimming club needs help to secure immediate future

Member of the all ability swimming group with organiser Jo Curtis (right) who are seeking funding to keep the group going
Member of the all ability swimming group with organiser Jo Curtis (right) who are seeking funding to keep the group going

Berwick All-Abilities Swimming Club are seeking financial assistance in an effort to guarantee their survival.

The group, which was formed about ten years ago under the ‘Motivate’ banner, are losing their current funding package and are now looking at ways of raising cash in a bid to avoid closure.

Organiser Jo Curtis said: “When the club was set up under ‘Motivate’ we had good financial backing. But for the past five years we have been going it alone and it has been getting more and more difficult to raise the funds needed to keep the club going.”

The club currently has eight members, who meet at the Swan Centre pool in Berwick every Wednesday (from 6-7pm). The hire of two lanes of the pool costs around £600 a year, and that is the sum the group is hoping to raise to keep them in the swim.

“It doesn’t sound a lot,” said Jo, “but trying to attract funding of any kind in the current economic climate is almost impossible. We have had some financial backing from various organisations, for which we are extremely grateful, but now we are losing the funding we have and we are keen to look at other avenues of income so we can keep it going.”

One fund-raising event they had planned was an archery taster session, organised by Berwick Archers, which was to have been held in the main sports hall at the Swan Centre on Saturday, November 23.

But unfortunately the event has had to be postponed, although they are hoping that it can be re-arranged for some time in the future.

“We are now looking at alternative means of raising money,” said Jo. “We realise we probably won’t raise all the money we need from one event, but at least it might be a start. We have also had some preliminary discussions with a group who might be able to help, but it is early days.

“Obviously if anyone would like to support us in any way, that would be very much appreciated. We may not have a lot of members, but the club helps them in so many ways. It helps them to boost their confidence in the water and I know they all get a lot out of it. It would be such a pity if we had to fold.”

Anyone interested in helping the club can contact Jo Curtis on 01289 332619