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Great North Swim for Bude Sea Pool

On 16th June 2013 Rob and Victoria took part in the Great North Swim, the largest open water swimming event in the UK. Rob successfully swum two miles of Lake Windermere and Victoria completed one mile.

The pair have undertaken this challenge to raise funds for Bude Sea Pool in North Cornwall

Victoria and Rob are swimming for the Sea Pool!

Charity information: Friends Of Bude Sea Pool

Friends Of Bude Sea Pool logo
  • Need


    The Sea Pool at Bude was created in the 1930s to provide safe swimming. It’s open access from the beach and is free to use. The sea-water Pool is nearly 100m long and is topped up twice a day at high tide. Very few tidal pools of this type still exist in the UK: we know of just a handful that are still open.

    The Friends of Bude Sea Pool took on management of the Pool in 2012, and must now fund its staffing, repair and renovation from membership, grants, sponsorship and donations.


    Rob and Victoria will help FoBSP raise funds for vital repairs to the Pool's sea wall. This renovation project is scheduled for early 2014, and will cost in the region of £25,000.

    'The Pool is open all year round,' say Rob & Victoria, 'giving great training opportunities for acclimatising to cold water temperatures and swimming in a stunning setting.
    'When we trained there at the start of May the water temperature was only 9 degrees! We want to ensure it stays open for everyone to enjoy'

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To generate funds towards the Sea Pool's ongoing renovation.


    » Victoria and Rob completed the 2013 Great North Swim on June 16th. They've trained in the Sea Pool in winter to tackle this demanding challenge

    What success will look like

    At present, FoBSP have raised over £17,000 towards the 2014 sea wall renovation project. Success for Rob and Victoria would be pushing that total towards the £25k needed

  • Impact


    Without these crucial repairs to the Pool's structure, it would be forced to close. This would substantially increase the risk to all the bathers at Bude; would mean the loss of six jobs for young people at the Pool, and will adversely affect the hospitality industry in the area.
    Rob and Victoria's Great North Swim will help to pay for these vital repairs, and so keep the Pool open for all to enjoy in 2014 and beyond


    Rob and Victoria trained hard for this event, and deserve support for all their efforts.
    Rob swam two miles in 53 minutes and came 7th in his class; 58th overall from the 949 people who swum two miles.
    Victoria swam her mile in 37 minutes.

    FoBSP will be working throughout 2013 and into the winter of 2014 to ensure that enough funds are raised to pay for the renovation project in full. So far, over £17,000 has been raised towards the total of £25,000 which is needed for this project.


    The FoBSP website and Facebook page are regularly updated with info about all our projects; members of FoBSP are sent a monthly email newsletter to keep them informed

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Sea Wall Phase1 Repairs to retaining Sea Wall, one section, 2014

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Business Sponsors £8,000 Guaranteed
    SimplyWood Chef's night £750 Guaranteed
    Barclays Bank match funding £750 Guaranteed
    Balsdon Trust grant £5,000 Guaranteed
    David Brabham evening £1,500 Guaranteed
    Bude Tandoori Indian feast £1,500 Guaranteed
    Picnic at the Pool £300 Guaranteed
    Collection tins, 2013 £1,000 Conditional
    Supermarket collections £750 Conditional
  • Background


    Bude is a seaside town in North Cornwall which depends upon the hospitality industry.
    The historic tidal swimming pool at Bude is one of its most important visitor attractions.
    The Sea Pool is situated on Summerleaze beach, and is FREE for all to enjoy


    Bude Sea Pool is a vital amenity for the town, its residents, local businesses and the thousands of people who visit it. Over 30,000 people visited the Pool in 2012, and more than 500 people used its facilities on its busiest day. Without the Pool, hundreds of people would be at risk in the open water of the Atlantic.
    Everyone who lives in or visits Bude benefits in some way from the Sea Pool. Specifically, it provides direct and secondary employment, and a crucial community space.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FoBSP was specifically formed to save the Sea Pool, and has since taken on its day to day management and is responsible for its funding

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    'We decided to do the swim to raise money for Friends of Bude Sea Pool as it is a unique training venue for outdoor swimming in the UK.'


    'We wanted to ensure that everyone can continue to use the Pool, whether for training or leisure.'

Robert & Victoria, in training at Bude Sea Pool

Robert & Victoria, in training at Bude Sea Pool

The Sea Pool gives great training opportunities for acclimatising to cold water temperatures and swimming in a stunning setting