Life saving club feeling the pinch

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HORSHAM Life Saving Club’s finances are giving ‘cause for concern’.

It seems the organisation is feeling the pinch of the credit crunch.

In its annual report it says ‘some parents were struggling to find finances to cover exams and pool hire fees’.

Last year Horsham Lions donated most of the funds to enable the club to buy two new submersible manikins.

However, an application to Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), has failed to succeed.

David Slade, chairman of the club, told the County Times that the majority of its funding came from tuition fees and due to ‘better years’ it had been able to use money from reserves.

However, the committee was now looking at new ways to increase funds.

Mr Slade said: “We have in mind perhaps approaching local firms to see if we can get them to ‘sponsor’ the cost of one month’s pool hire or even one week’s, as this could then help attract those youngsters whose parents might otherwise struggle to find the money.”

He added that the club had already subsidized a couple of youngsters by waiving their quarterly fees and had in the past secured a bursary for one youngster thanks to Horsham Lions.

“But as we are digging into reserves, which should be for equipment maintenance and renewal, to balance the books we clearly can’t go on doing that indefinitely,” he said.

For more information on the club visit www.horshamlifesavingclub.co.uk/