STAFF at a Coventry special school are aiming to raise £5,000 to help refurbish its community hydrotherapy swimming pool.
The committed teachers at Sherbourne Special School are taking part in the Coventry Festival of Running to contribute to a mammoth £350,000 target.
A fundraising page has been launched online to support the 50 staff members who want to save the 50-year-old pool before it falls into disrepair.
The teachers have raised £1,100 in just under three weeks.
The school in Rowlington Close, in the Coundon area, is recognised as ‘outstanding’ and caters for children aged from 2 to 19 with a wide range of needs and disabilities.
The page states: “The hydrotherapy swimming pool at the school has been in continuous use by pupils, staff and the wider community for 50 years.
“Unfortunately, the end of its life is quickly approaching – within two years.
“The pool is a critical part of the therapy and the education the school offer to the students, as well as use by the wider community for things like swimming lessons.
“The pool has a major impact on the children’s long term health, wellbeing, mobility and fitness.
“Please do support this fundraising campaign to help make sure this wonderful school is able to keep these children swimming.”
The school says it has already raised part of the £350,000 necessary to fund the pool being refurbished to modern standards.
But the teachers are gearing up for the Coventry Festival of Running that takes place on March 23 and 24.
There are three events during the weekend: a mile dash on the 23rd; a 5K Go Run and a half marathon on the Sunday.
The school says some parents of pupils will take part in the mile dash on Saturday.
Then on the Sunday, almost 50 staff from the school will run the 5K race, and the half marathon.
The page adds: “Just take a moment to remember there are challenges the Sherbourne pupils face every day of their lives.
“And yet, each and every one of them picks themselves up, puts a smile on their face and continues to amaze everyone.
“So, lets do this for them!”