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Bude dad prepares for coastal swim to boost sea pool repairs

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 06, 2013

Bude resident Steven Mundy is all set to brave the waves in the Atlantic this month to raise funds to repair the town's tidal swimming pool

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A father-of-two from Bude is set to brave the Atlantic waves this month to raise funds for the town's historic tidal swimming pool.

Steven Mundy will swim the approximate four miles from the sea pool to Widemouth Bay during the next spell of fine weather.

The challenge will raise money for the renovation earmarked for the sea pool, which was built in the 1930s.

Mr Mundy, said: "The town just wouldn't be the same without the pool.

"So many people have learnt to swim in it over the years. Thousands of people use the pool each summer to enjoy the sea in safety.

"I'm confident about being able to swim to Widemouth but it just wouldn't be safe for people who don't swim regularly or aren't familiar with the area. That's why it's so important to keep the Sea Pool open."

Last month, 11-year-old Samuel Jennings successfully completed a 92-mile cycle ride from Bude to Land's End, raising nearly £1,500 for the pool.

Friends of Bude Sea Pool chairman Paul Tilzey. "We'd hoped to have more time to raise the money for the sea wall repairs, but the temperature extremes this year have exacerbated the wear and tear caused by years of neglect before we took on the pool's management. So we need to raise another £25,000 and schedule the renovation work for early in 2014.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/budeseapool

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