Hundreds of members of the local Cowes community, alongside UKSA beneficiaries and local schools, could be high and dry.
The pool at UKSA is in desperate need of refurbishment due to the deteriorating system and the local Island charity simply cannot afford the repairs.
UKSA needs to raise £250,000 to carry out a full refurbishment on its residential pool so that it can continue to welcome over 20,000 children and young people every year.
UKSA has been forced to reduce the user capacity from February 2024, meaning hundreds of members of the local Cowes community will have nowhere to go.
UKSA will strive to keep the pool functioning at this reduced capacity to enable it to continue its student delivery and to provide a service for the local Primary School sessions.
However, if the deterioration continues before the funds can be raised, it will need to stop all use of the pool.
UKSA’s swimming pool has multiple repairs completed each year to enable the heating system and the filtration system in the pool to continue to run.
However, the repairs are no longer enough, and the pool needs to be refurbished and set up for commercial use.
Amy Sweeting, Director of Fundraising, says:
"Given the recent reduced facilities on the Island, the last thing we want to do is close our pool doors knowing there is no other option.
"Instead, we need to fix the pool so we can increase our community access and provide a safer environment. But we simply cannot afford the cost alone.
"Your local charity is calling on our local community to reach our fundraising goal, will you help us?"
Donations can be made to UKSA’s ‘Just Keep Swimming’ fund online.