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Brine bath campaigners to begin major fundraising efforts
8:50am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Local
CAMPAIGNERS battling to reopen Droitwich Spa’s historic brine baths are preparing for a major fundraising drive at this year’s Salt Fest.
Members of SOBBS (Save Our Brine Baths) will be on hand at the popular annual event which celebrates the town’s heritage. The community group will be raising much-needed funds as well as highlighting its aim to relaunch the vital site.
The historic facility in St Andrew’s Street was closed by BMI Healthcare at the end of 2008, a move that violated its 25-year lease agreement and led to Wychavon District Council obtaining £200,000 in compensation.
However, determined volunteers are now aiming to reopen the important site by further funding the project themselves.
Salt Fest, which runs on September 14 and 15, will be the start of major fundraising efforts towards that goal.
It is hoped the campaign group can raise enough funds to get a top spa company to lead the project.
SOBBS chairman William Moy said: “Our presence at Salt Fest will be the start of major fundraising efforts by the group. We have already started to raise funds but hope this event will be a big step towards our goal of getting the brine baths open again.”
SOBBS has now set up a bank account so that people can make donations towards the cause. Anyone interesting in supporting the campaign should email firstname.lastname@example.org Residents’ cause to save the historic site was further boosted with the news of recent work at the facility by BMI Healthcare.
A spokesman for BMI Healthcare said: “We have recently been undertaking some remedial work in the baths for safety reasons. We continue to work with the local authority, the campaigners and others to find a solution to maintaining brine baths in Droitwich, whether that entails a scheme funded by public money, the SOBBS group or investment by commercial backers.”
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