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The Pinder Trust was founded in 1972 by local lady Miss Margaret Pinder to provide much-needed aquatic physiotherapy in the Winchester area. The original Pinder Centre hydrotherapy pool was in Avington, five miles east of Winchester.


The original Centre closed in 2012 but the Trust has continued to subsidise hydrotherapy treatment for patients at other sites. Several years ago, The Trust recognised that there was great demand for a modern hydrotherapy centre in a more central location.


When Winchester City Council began developing plans for a new leisure centre, the Trust saw the opportunity to fund a new facility - and The Pinder Hydrotherapy Pool was born.

The Pinder Hydrotherapy Pool is a brand new state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool which opened in May 2021. The Pinder Trust provided funding to build the hydrotherapy pool within the new Winchester Sport and Leisure Park. The aim is to provide a community use hydrotherapy pool beneficial for all to access.

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The Pinder Pool

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Changing Facilities

The Trustees


Ed Ferris

Chair of Trustees

My father was a supporter of the trust for many years and when he passed away I looked into continuing his contribution and realised I would like to take on a bigger role.

As a keen open water and cold water swimming I understand the benefits of swimming and being in water.

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Fiona Lewis


Currently head of alumni and development at Twyford School. Background in Marketing and PR, key Clients Microsoft, Philips, Sweaty Betty and Coca-Cola.  Previous editor of local magazine – Itchen Valley News , supporter and starter of Dementia friendly Winchester, contributor to HOD Winchester.    Often found on the cricket boundary at St Cross and keen but not great tennis player. 2 children and 2 badly behaved spaniels.

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Stephen Roberts-Cross




Claudia Beard

Member Through Lived Experience 

Claudia created her own charity I am Super capes in 2014 and has valuable experience in the worlds of fundraising and event organising. She is also the mother of a child with significant disabilities, giving her first-hand experience of some of the challenges faced by those whom the Pinder Trust aims to help.

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Miriam Ferris


I’m mainly here to support Ed, the Chair of Trustees,  however my background in adult neuro speech and language therapy means I have a little experience in some aspects of the charity.


Guy Nicholson

Member Through Lived Experience

I’ve been a trustee since September 2021. As a paraplegic with an incomplete spinal injury since 1993 I experienced the amazing benefits of hydrotherapy at the original Pinder Centre Hydrotherapy pool in Avington. There’s no doubt that the aqua physio I had at the time helped me get to where I am today.


 It is a pleasure to come full circle and be able to give something back to the trust. I have over 20 years working as graphic designer and illustrator and look forward to supporting a great team in providing the excellent benefits aqua physio and open water swimming can give to the community.

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Christopher Nutbeam




Georgie Palmer


Broadcaster and Communications Skills Specialist, Georgie has over 20 years' experience working in the media, largely with the BBC, and is delighted to be a Trustee of the Pinder Trust and to be part of such a wonderful team who are all working so hard to remove barriers that might prevent people from experiencing the benefits of swimming, both indoors and outdoors. As the mother of a neurodiverse child with additional needs, she fully understands and appreciates just how much it means to have access to swimming and the profoundly positive effect it can have on people of all ages.


A self-confessed aquaphile, Georgie is an all-year-round open water skins swimmer, as well as being a cross Channel-swimmer. She believes passionately that having access to a pool is a right not a privilege and is a lifelong advocate of making swimming accessible for all.

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Simon Harmer

Member Through Lived Experience 

I’ve been a trustee of the Pinder Trust since September 2021. As a double leg amputee, I understand the physical and mental health benefits of being in water. I want to promote aquatic physiotherapy and water-based activities both indoors and outdoors to the wider disabled community.

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