Staff at community-led Bramley Baths are hoping to walk and run 500km in a bid to raise money to help keep the historic facility going.
The Grade II Listed baths, on Broad Lane, have been temporarily closed since 19 March due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Now staff have come together to take part in a challenge to complete 500km between them in just 14 days.
Staff are in two teams and started their walks and runs yesterday, covering more than 80km in one day. They’ve so far raised just over £500 of the £1,000 target.
Swim teacher and duty manager Claire Higgins has organised the fundraiser. She said the Baths were still facing ongoing costs and that all money raised would help with the re-opening of the independent leisure centre. She added:
“If you would like to sponsor the team and help out this local community enterprise, any funds would be greatly received.”
Supporters have been posting messages on the Baths’ Go Fund Me page.
Sarah Cullingworth said:
“I really want to see my favourite place back open! Small pay back for all the years of happy memories literally living there with my family and beyond with my own kids.”
Christine Jackson donated and added:
“Hopefully to keep the baths open – great place!”
You can find out more and make a donation here.
The independent Edwardian Baths have been community led since a group of local residents and campaigners took over its running in 2013. The Baths operate a pool, gym, steam room and runs fitness classes.
Last month bosses launched the Friends of Bramley Baths scheme, encouraging people to join up for £4.65 a month, which is the cost of a swim, steam, gym session or fitness class.