Community-led Bramley Baths is targeting 200 people to join its Friends of Bramley Baths scheme to help keep it afloat during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The social enterprise, based in Broad Lane, temporarily closed in March and, like many independent businesses, is facing challenging times financially.
More than 100 people have already signed up to becoming a Friend, but Baths bosses are today asking for one last push to see the Baths reach its target of 200 Friends by the end of June.
Becoming a Friend will give people the chance to get even closer to the Bramley Baths family. Friends have voting rights at its AGM and receive a raft of benefits including badges, a water bottle, a special invitation to a celebratory event when the Baths re-open, and more.
Bramley Baths chief executive Jayne Young said:
“The response from people has been brilliant and we’re touched and humbled that so many people have signed up so far.
“But times are difficult for independent businesses like us. We’re determined to remain at the heart of the Bramley community, despite our temporary closure, and are re-newing our appeal for people to pledge their support. Having 200 Friends will help us to re-open when it is safe to do so.
“By becoming a Friend you’ll also become more closely involved with the warm, sociable and friendly Bramley Baths family, as well as doing your bit by supporting a much-loved community institution. If you can, please help shape our future by becoming a Friend of Bramley Baths for the price of a swim, class or steam each month.”
The Grade-II Listed Baths dates back to Edwardian times and has been community-led since a group of dedicated West Leeds residents took over the lease from Leeds City Council in 2013.
The building opened in 1904. It now provides affordable access to fitness and is a hub for socialising and friendship at the heart of the Bramley community.
You can become a Friend of Bramley Baths from just £4.65 a month here.