Bramley Baths: Joy as disabled pool hoist appeal hits target

14 March 2019

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A community-led swimming pool in West Leeds has reached its crowdfunding target to buy a new disabled pool hoist.

Bramley Baths, which dates back to Edwardian times, launched a £3,250 crowdfunding appeal to help make its facilities become even more accessible to swimmers with a new hoist.

Thanks to generosity of supporters, the Baths has raised a total of £3,386 and have secured the funds to provide the state-of-the-art pool hoist, which will arrive in five weeks’ time.

The current hoist at the Baths does not cater for all disabilities and requires two members of staff to operate it, which is a further inconvenience for disabled people attempting to get into the pool.

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Bramley Baths CEO Sue Stones

Bramley Baths CEO Sue Stones said:

“Thank you to everyone who has supported our appeal, we have been bowled over by people’s generosity!
“Every penny really has counted. From children coming in to give us £1 of their pocket money through to donations of three and even four figures, we’re really grateful for everyone’s support.
“We’re a historic pool, but people may not realise that our general accessibility for people is good. People in wheelchairs, for example, can easily go from reception to poolside.
“The new pool hoist will make a real difference to people.”

The crowdfunder was supported by 76 supporters in 41 days. The hoist costs a total of £8,750 and the Baths received a couple of grants, including one from the National Lottery, to provide the rest of the funding.

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