Welsh Government slash grant support for Holywell Leisure Centre
Holywell Leisure Centre has just celebrated its second successful year of trading as a Charity.
In both years it succeeded in trading at a small surplus which is fully reinvested in the not-for-profit charitable enterprise.
Now having worked so hard and set out its business plan for this year it is faced with a tremendous set-back. The Welsh Government has announced that its grant to support free swimming sessions will be reduced by £5,000 a year.
Chair of Trustees, Tudor Jones, said, “This was never going to be an easy task with the leisure centre previously being kept open with an annual £425,000 grant from the County Council. Now with a County grant of £86,000 we have managed to turn this annual loss into an annual surplus of £30,000 which we put straight back into the business for everyone’s benefit.”
The Board of Trustees have made commitments in this year’s business plan to have new gas boilers fitted as the present 30 year old boilers are on their last legs and spare parts are difficult to find. They have also just launched a financial appeal to raise £20,000 for refurbishing the pool side showers and toilets and are close to reaching the first £5,000.
All this work is due to be done later this year and then the Trustees intended to focus on renewing the Health Spa.
“It’s all so very disappointing, says Tudor Jones, when everyone knows just how important exercise is for good health and recovery from injury. We have increasing numbers of attendees from our older population. The centre is much busier in the daytime than it ever was when it was County run and now we are faced with a real significant cut in our income.
“Thankfully we have had tremendous support from the people of Holywell and all of its surrounding communities. We remain determined to make this centre better than it ever was and to make sure the doors stay open.
“We’re asking everyone who has enjoyed coming to Holywell since the 1960’s to rally round and make sure we stay on track. The immediate priority is to get this year’s projects completed and paid for. We can accept donations directly at the centre or better still via the Wonderful.org/charity/holywellleisurecentre site where donations can gain another 25% free from the government as Gift Aid.”
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