Cheque presented as fundraising gathers pace to improve Beccles Lido toilet and changing facilities

Suzanne Gibbons and Maureen Sanders from Beccles Lido presented a cheque from Beccles Helping Hands

Suzanne Gibbons and Maureen Sanders from Beccles Lido presented a cheque from Beccles Helping Hands chairman Gary Johnson to go towards the Lido's planned changing and toilet facilities. Picture: Shaun Crowley - Credit: Shaun Crowley

Beccles Lido's campaign to raise £110,000 to replace the aging toilet and changing block facilities is gathering pace.

A funding page was launched back in April to help kick start the project with the aim to raise £10,000 from local organisations and individuals.

The latest organisation to back the campaign is Beccles Helping Hands, and last weekend their chairman Gary Johnson presented Lido directors Suzanne Gibbons and Maureen Saunders with a cheque for £1,000, telling them 'we are very happy to help show our support for such an important community attraction.'

Mrs Gibbons said: 'It's fantastic that Beccles Helping Hands has made such a generous donation to add to all of the other donations we have already received to date.

'Whether it's a £1,000 or just £10 every penny counts. So please visit our fundraising page and support your Lido'.

Beccles Lido Ltd chief executive Shaun Crowley added: 'Yet again I am overwhelmed by the support of the Beccles Community and other charitable organisations in Beccles - whether it's the Lido or the Public Hall, Beccles always comes up trumps.

'We need to demonstrate to large, national grant organisations that we have overwhelming support in Beccles, so we launched our online fundraising campaign to raise £10,000 from the local community, and after just one month we have already raised approaching £3,000.'

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'Of course, we need to raise much more than that and this week we applied for a very large grant and so it is hugely important that when the trustees meet to make their decision we can demonstrate our own successful fundraising campaign.'

Anybody who would like to help the Lido reach their target can make a donation by visiting

Alternatively you can send a cheque to 6 Cromwell Close, Beccles, NR34 9XE.

If you would like to find out more about the project, then visit

The plans will also be available to view at the Lido when it opens on Saturday, May 27, as well as this weekend between 10am and 2pm when season tickets are on sale.

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