Community fundraising programme launched in support of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, with support from Sting...
The Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool - the community organisation set up to drive forward the redevelopment of the derelict outdoor pool site in Tynemouth - today announced the launch of their community fundraising efforts for this exciting local project, along with the support of North East musician Sting.
Composer, singer-songwriter, activist and actor Sting, originally from Wallsend - just 5 miles from the pool site - recently pledged his support for the project with a financial contribution, helping propel Friends towards their initial goal of achieving charitable status. This will now allow the majority of donations received by the group from the community and other supporters to increase by a further 20% through Gift Aid.
Barry Bell, a founding member of Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, said: “When you discover that Sting is passionate about backing a project like this, you know that it definitely has a future. Not only did Sting provide us with the initial donation we needed to gain charity status, but his support alone will help us raise the profile of this project immensely. And because our supporters, wherever they are in the world, also now have the chance to back the project financially, we’re hoping to increase the fantastic sense of ownership that the community already has when it comes to the pool, and its future.”
Community fundraising will form an essential part of the Friends’ plan to raise the capital required to get this unique project off the ground. All monies donated by the public will be as vital to the project’s success as the complex mix of grant aid and private funding Friends is currently working towards securing.
Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool have opted to use JustGiving – a widely recognised and trusted method of managing fundraising efforts already in use by many leading UK charities.
Supporters of the Tynemouth Outdoor Pool project can donate right now at http://justgiving.com/tynemouthpool
And Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool will shortly be announcing a wider fundraising schedule that puts the community in control of part of the fundraising effort.