Starfish hydrotherapy pool appeal still needs £250k

April 26 2014

WORK on a new £1.4 million hydrotherapy pool is well underway at Claremont School in Redland - but fundraisers are working hard to secure the final quarter of a million needed for the project.

April 26 2014

WORK on a new £1.4 million hydrotherapy pool is well underway at Claremont School in Redland - but fundraisers are working hard to secure the final quarter of a million needed for the project.
The Starfish Pool Appeal, which aims to build and maintain a hydrotherapy swimming pool for children with disabilities, was established by 'Friends of Claremont School', a team of enthusiastic and committed volunteers.
The project was ceremonially launched in December when Bristol mayor George Ferguson was invited to dig a spade into the ground.
Children at Claremont School range from two to 19-years-old, most having severe disabilities.
The school believes that a warm, on-site pool is essential for relieving pain experienced by children with complex needs.
Headteacher, Alison Ewins, said: "Without hydrotherapy pupils can suffer contractures in limbs and spine where their bodies become stiff. Warm water relaxes tight muscles, allowing joints to be moved without pain. It enables pupils to move independently, free from adult support. And an added bonus is that splashing about is also great fun."
To find out more about the project, or to contribute the pool, visit: www.starfishpoolappeal.org.uk, or to contribute fundraising ideas, email: tina.cheesley@gmail.com or robgorelangton@gmailcom.

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