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No more blues in the pool

PUBLISHED: 21:30 03 February 2002 | UPDATED: 15:25 03 March 2010

SCHOOL swimming lessons that used to leave Martlesham pupils feeling blue could soon change.

For parents of youngsters at Beacon Hill Primary School are pooling together to raise the huge £45,000 needed to put a roof on the open-air pool.

SCHOOL swimming lessons that used to leave Martlesham pupils feeling blue could soon change.

For parents of youngsters at Beacon Hill Primary School are pooling together to raise the huge £45,000 needed to put a roof on the open-air pool.

Their ambition holds no barriers and they are determined that the money will be raised by the end of the year.

Fundraiser Caroline Paine explained why the Beacon Hill Association has taken on such a huge challenge.

She said: "With the weather the way it is we find that the children are only using the pool two or three times a year.

"It is so exposed that the children using it often go blue because it is so cold."

With swimming lessons being part of the national curriculum, there is no other option than to use the pool.

Since Christmas, the parents have been busy thinking of ways of getting their plight noticed.

The first event to take place is a sponsored swim in April or May when the whole school should take part. It is being held at Deben Swimming Pool, Woodbridge.

So far some people have decided they will run the 24-mile Washington Marathon in a bid to raise more than £1,000 each and others are going to attempt to take part in the London to Brighton bike ride.

Later in the year, an auction of promises is also going to be held which is hoped will raise around £6,000.

A summer camp involving the whole school will be organised along with social evenings and quiz nights.

Mrs Paine, who lives in Main Road, Kesgrave said: "It is such a wonderful school and they have given our children so much. We just want to put something back.

"It will be available for the rest of the community as well because it will be open to use for guides and brownies and will also have disability access."

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