Hydrotherapy Pool has boost in funding from local council

Hydrotherapy pool in Street gets a funding boost from local council with a grant of £25,000.
















Mendip District Council presented Avalon School, based in Street Somerset, with a cheque for £25,000 during the school assembly last week.

Cllr Dick Skidmore Chairman of Mendip District Council together with Cllr Philip Ham and Vice Chairman Cllr Bryan Beha made the presentation to Laura Searle Head teacher of Avalon School.

The Hydrotherapy Pool planned at Avalon School will be built within the grounds and has been carefully designed to provide an excellent facility when finished, with the scope for further development in the future. Once built the Hydrotherapy Pool will provide the school with a facility meeting Sport England's guidance, three changing cubicles, three large showers, one accessible bathroom and changing room and a small changing room for groups.

Laura Searle, Head Teacher, from Avalon School, said: 'It's so wonderful to have reached our target, with the help of our community here and the Local Legacy Fund, and we're now excited looking to get the build under way and fundraise for the equipment we need to ensure everyone gets the most out of the pool'.

The funding boost from the council follows on from the Local Legacy Fund which was set up back in 2015 and was administered by Mendip District Council.  The Local Legacy Fund was intended for parish or town councils, local voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and community interest companies.

Now closed the Local Legacy Fund supported eligible projects, in order to qualify the projects needed to take place in the Mendip District Council area and provide a lasting benefit to local communities and residents.

Cllr Philip Ham, Portfolio Holder for Transformation, said: "We are delighted to be supporting this project as the introduction of a Hydrotherapy Pool at Avalon School will provide benefits for not only the pupils but for residents across Mendip.

"Although now finalised with this final grant, the Local Legacy Fund has supported a number of projects across the district that like the Hydrotherapy pool will have a lasting impact on the lives of residents in Mendip."

Cllr Dick Skidmore, said: "It's great to see what a difference this money will make the Hydrotherapy Pool is a great addition to the facilities already available in Mendip."

The funding from Mendip District Council along with funds raised by pupils from the school, a donation from a Hong Kong based charity and a grant from St James's Place Foundation now means that work can commence on the pool.

To find out more about Avalon School and the plans for the Hydrotherapy Pool, please visit; www.avalonschool.net