Making a splash for school’s pool

FAIR DAY: Parents and children helped raise �1,000 for the school pool.

FAIR DAY: Parents and children helped raise �1,000 for the school pool.

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Youngsters from Long Melford Primary School enjoyed fun in the sun on Friday when their school field was turned into a fair.

The event was the idea of the school’s newly-formed parent group called Flumps.

They staged an end-of-term picnic and fair to raise funds to save the swimming pool, which needs thousands of pounds to be repaired.

Donkey rides, a bouncy castle, games stalls, strawberries and cream and a barbecue were all put on for children, staff and parents to enjoy.

Anna Davies, chairman of Flumps, said: “We did really well and raised £1,000, which is a great start for our first fundraising event.

“The school hasn’t had a parent teacher association for a couple of years, so we are keen to raise some funds to save the swimming pool.”

Mrs Davies, from Swanfield, who has two children at the school – Cameron, seven, and Eva, four – said the group aims to raise £5,000 so it can have charity status.

The overall aim is to raise up to £30,000 for repairs to the swimming pool.

Flumps secretary Sarah Crook said: “A cause close to our hearts is saving our swimming pool which, unless we raise enough money, may not be open next year for the children.

“We also hope to generate more interest from parents of children who go to the school to help us.”