Keep Our Centre Afloat

by Friends Of Dalton Leisure Centre in Dalton In Furness, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 12th April 2021 we successfully raised £34,566 ( + est. £4966.75 Gift Aid ) with 373 supporters in 42 days

Raising funds to replace the 35yr old Climate Control System with a new efficient, environmentally friendly unit to save our leisure centre.

by Friends Of Dalton Leisure Centre in Dalton In Furness, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The original goal of £20,000 is only a contribution towards the new Climate Control Unit, raising the extra will bring forward the project and any excess will be used to fund a pool side hoist and improve the access for those with mobility.

By updating the system, this will create additional space within the centre for a new larger spacious gym with access for all abilities and ages.

Our vision is to extend the centre to bring arts and crafts to South Cumbria with a dedicated exhibition area free to visitors. The aim is to merge arts and health under one roof for the benefit of all the community.

1614021453_fb_img_1580320884104.jpgWELCOME TO DALTON LEISURE CENTRE CROWDFUNDING


The only Not-for-profit Charity run facility in the UK 

Reg Charity No 509901

Many will remember that the Centre was built on the fund raising of the town many over 35 years ago, with the townspeople rallying around to build it for the benefit of all. From this the Centre has played a part in most of our lives either as children, parents or grandparents.


Since it was built the Climate control system is now in need of replacement and without it, we are in danger of closing. Over the past few years, it has had to have urgent constant repairs which is draining funds away from improving other facilities.

BUT … when we can replace it will free up a huge area to develop for a new access friendly and spacious gym, and create space for a new children’s play area to support young families in early swimming and play time.

Plus, we will befit from an environmentally friendly, cost efficient system that will help prices stay the lowest in the Country and as such enable access to all.

Why we need to keep our centre afloat:

Since being built, Dalton Leisure Centre has taught thousands of children & adults to swim and build physical and mental strength & is so valuable to the community. 

We are the sole provider of swimming for over 15 schools in the area. including Sandside School for children with disabilities or severe learning difficulties. 

Dalton Leisure Centre has provided more than just swimming over the years. we also provide:

  • 20m heated pool – the warmest in the North 
  • 2 state of the art squash courts
  • 2 gyms
  • Aerobic Studio
  • Spin Room
  • Aqua Natal
  • Aqua Mobility
  • Mind & Body Tranquillity Room

The centre has supported many who have gone onto represent their county and Country from swimmers to ladies’ football players playing for England. But of course, it’s the community that gets the most from our facility by us offering a variety of classes to suit every capability from beginners to advanced athletes.  

We have been the lead official Spinning centre for over 15 years in the area. Since we began, we have been providing careers for young fitness professionals, with the united aim of helping the community battle obesity, improve fitness and fight personal mental health struggles. 

We do this by offering a relaxed but enjoyable atmosphere, our staff going the extra mile for our customers with the aim to help people overcome their setbacks.

Community Hub

We have provided a community hub for the local public and neighbouring towns, that is inclusive to everyone! 

Our centre supports mental health charities SAFA, HAWC, CMHT where we will be supporting them with joint fund raising and awareness.

We know the benefits of mental health & fitness but our aspiration is to go further and bring in a new art exhibition area to our communal lounge and bistro café - totally unique and will blend sports with arts and bring it all together holistically under the one roof. 

We pride ourselves on creating a true community facility where every person is welcome irrespective of ability or age – we just want them to be the very best they can be. 

The Support

The support of the Centre staff, Friends of Dalton Leisure Centre, Dalton Community Action Group, local and County Council development teams as well as our local MP has brought us all together in seeing a bright new future for the Centre.

This includes our staff who have grown and developed during this lockdown in respect to uniting behind our fundraising and their desire and will to keep the centre open for another 35yrs is humbling and welcome. 



Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, most schools have had to stop coming to our centre. The spread of the virus has also impacted our group lessons as well as our swimming opportunities. Following government guidance, we had to drop our numbers by half. Instructors could no longer teach to the full capacity due to potential transfer of Covid-19. The team have had to adapt and teach from a distance, unable to offer visual guidance, which has affected some children's learning.

March 2020 hit Dalton Leisure Centre very hard. We kicked the year off with 2 very successful months, gaining momentum for us to thrive. Unfortunately, when the first Covid-19 lockdown happened, we lost £250,000 in income due to being closed throughout. We were thankfully saved by grants from the government. 

As a not-for-profit charity run centre without that support it would have been unlikely, we would have reopened. 

However, when we did finally re-open the rules hit us harder than expected. The swimming pool brings in the main income to our centre. We had to lower classes and pool bather loads, dropping from 55 people maximum to 30. Just losing 25 people per session has had a major impact on our centre. When added to the constant increase of cleaning chemicals required for additional disinfecting routines put in place since covid-19, we were working twice as hard, yet still falling short every day. 

Our Gyms have also been Limited to 4 per room, for 45 minutes. This allows 15 minutes for it to be deep cleaned after each use, ensuring our members are safe when they enter, and when the next group of 4 come in for their session. 

The Studio classes went from 100% capacity to 50% due to the limited amount of people we could have in each class following the guidelines. In a working week we supply a range of 55 classes which are at full capacity with the odd space rarely available. This again has made a damaging hole in our income, causing further struggle and worries.


KEEP OUR CENTRE AFLOAT 1614025474_dlc_freinds.pngPROJECT

We need your support - CROWDFUNDING


Our crowdfunding project  'Keep us Afloat' includes some amazing rewards and sponsorship opportunities such as:

  • Name a brick – have your name printed on a ‘brick mosaic wall’ that will be placed in the centre.
  • Amazing Art Auction – over 80 original pieces of art from around the world have been donated – including a one off signed original drawing from the artist who created the ‘Walking Dead’ comic books Charlie Adlard and an original BANKSY
  • Business sponsorship – from £50-00 – your business can have a unique advertising presence in the centre.
  • Amazing local experiences from various business.
  • 1-1 swimming and personal training lessons.
  • Raffle

Our aim is to raise over £20,000 within 6 weeks, and if we hit this target, potentially external donors will reward us with £10,000, which will be added to our overall target of £30,000+

Remember, this is a 'Not for Profit Charity' run facility with no direct funding from the Council or Government, so it really is a true independent community hub. By acting now we can ensure the centre is here for the next 50 years.

We are asking you to rise up and help







This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£1 or more

Art Auction Payment

The Art Auction will be run outside the Crowdfunding platform but payment to be made for winning bids should be completed here. We will be in touch with the winners directly to arrange.

£5 or more

Leisure Raffle

We have 10 great hampers up for grabs, from pets, to pampers, to eating out and drinking in. These marvellous boxes are full of treats and surprises for everyone to enjoy. With small and local businesses support we have been able to provide a bit of fun, in a not-so-fun time. Draw will be made at the end of the crowdfunding project mid April.

£5 or more

2 of 30 claimed

Under 16 Painting Competition Judge Sept 2021

Enter our painting competition and submit your artwork for a chance to win £25.00 first prize. Your art work should be 'water themed'. All entrants work will be displayed in the centre for public viewing.

£5 or more

2 of 40 claimed

Under 16 Photographer Competition Judged Sept 2021

Enter our photography competition and submit your picture for a chance to win £25.00 first prize. Your picture should be 'water themed'. All entrants work will be displayed in the centre for public viewing.

£10 or more

87 of 1500 claimed

Buy a Brick - Single Name Added To a Mosaic

Be a part of the History for years - your name will be added to a Wall of Thanks and will be part of a large mosaic 'wall' with your name. Upgrade to the £35.00 and have your family names added [limited to 5 names] please see the £35.00 reward

£10 or more

50% Off Regular User Card Concession

Half Price Regular User Concession ( Student/ Over 60 ) Gives Various Discounts On All Activities At Dalton Leisure Centre.

£10 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Over 16 Painting Competition

Enter our painting competition and submit your artwork for a chance to win £40.00 first prize. Your art work should be 'water themed'. All entrants work will be displayed in the centre for public viewing.

£10 or more

2 of 100 claimed

Over 16 Photograph Competition

Enter our photography competition and submit your picture for a chance to win £40.00 first prize. Your picture should be 'water themed'. All entrants work will be displayed in the centre for public viewing.

£12 or more

50% Off Regular User Card Adult

Half Price Regular User Card For Adults. This Gives Various. Discounts On All Activities In The Leisure Centre

£15 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£20 Tudor Car Services Gift Voucher [25% off]

Barrows leading independent garage offers you a 25% off - perfect for MOT, Service, Wheel Alignment.

£20 or more

30 of 100 claimed

One To One Swimming Lesson

1x Private one to one swimming lesson with one of our specialised instructors. 30 minute lesson with detailed feedback on areas to work on and how.

£20 or more

4 of 10 claimed

4 Week Personal Training Plan

Exercise Plan For 4 Weeks Catered To You For Any Goal. Home Or Gym Plan Can Be Created.

£20 or more

1 of 5 claimed

New Outdoor Ground Bar RRP £29.99 2 glass holder ground bar for caravan/motorhome/garden/picnic/camping. Comes with two polycarbonate wine glasses and nibble dish. Great for out door drinks and perfect for everyone.

£20 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Top Mark Bike Shop £25.00 Gift Voucher [25% off]

The areas leading Bike shop TOPMARK is offering x 2 £25.00 gift Vouchers and yours for £20.00 each. Great for all biking parts, clothes, servicing, Amazing range of bikes for all ages.

£25 or more

6 of 50 claimed

One Personal Training Session

1 Hour Personal Training Session With Our Highly Qualified Instructors Which Is Catered To You! *Available When Covid Restrictions Allow*

£30 or more

6 of 10 claimed

Pulse Soccer Centre Free Pitch Voucher

Voucher to Be Redeemed At Pulse Soccer Centre In Barrow In Furness. State Of The Art Football Pitches In The Area For 5 Aside Or 7 Aside.

£30 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£40 Voucher For Grit Clothing

Grit Clothing Est 2019 Voucher For Premium Clothing For Gym Use Or Casual Wear. Local Gym/ Active Wear For All.

£35 or more

79 of 750 claimed

Buy a Brick - Family names added to Mosaic Wall

Be a part of the History for years - your name will be added to a Wall of Thanks and will be part of a large mosaic 'wall' with your name. Up to 5 names can be added - and make your family proud by showing your support.

£35 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Private Group Class

Private Class With Friends, Family Or Business Group Times Will Vary Depending On Class Of Your Choice. 1 Ticket Valid For 10 People Minimum 30 minutes, Maximum 1 Hour *Covid Restrictions & Rules Apply*

£35 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Sports Massage Therapy With Craig Hamilton

Injured or fatigued ? Needing Recovery ? Highly Qualified Sports Massage Therapist Craig Hamilton Is There For You.

£40 or more

Qualified Mountain Guide ( Individual )

A Guided Walk Up One Of The Lakes Mountains, Guided By A Qualified Mountain Guide You Can Get That Special Tour Around Beautiful Scenery. low Level walks are available also!

£50 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Business Wall of Thanks

Your Business name will be added to our 'Business Support Wall' Mosaic. This wall be in a prominent position within the Centre and will be on permanent display and will show business name [Min 10yrs]

£100 or more

6 of 100 claimed

Business Wall of Thanks VIP

Your Business name and website will be added to our 'Business Support Wall' Mosaic in a larger space than the £50-00 donation. This wall be in a prominent position within the Centre and will be on permanent display [Min 10yrs].

£200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Lake District Mountain Tour ( Group )

Max Group Of 6 People For A Guided Walk Up One Of The Lakes Mountains, Usually £50 Per Head! Guided By A Qualified Mountain Guide You Can Get That Special Tour Around Beautiful Scenery With Your Family Or Friends.

£400 or more

6 of 7 claimed

Pool Side Sponsorship

An amazing opportunity to have a 4m x 1m pool side advert showing your business to all pool and centre users. We will be in touch to give you the sizes to produce the advert board and we will fix.

£450 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Ultimate Family Membership

The Ultimate Family Membership Granting Unlimited Access To The Pool, Gym, Classes And Squash For 2 Adults & Up to 3 Children. Usually £550 ! Whopping £100 Saving!

£5 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£10 Sinead Davey Personal Training Voucher

Voucher For Sinead Davey Personal Training, One Of The Lead Local Fitness Instructors In The Area. Sinead Is Known For Her HIIT STEP & Booty Band Classes Over Zoom Whilst Lockdown And Has Been Vital In Keeping The Community Fit & Healthy.

£5 or more

8 of 8 claimed

£10 Aimee's Flowers Voucher

In The Heart Of Dalton In Furness, Aimee's Flowers Have A Great Selection Of Flowers Available From Special Days Such As Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Weddings Or Just Something For Someone Special, Aimee's Flowers Have Got You Covered.

£5 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£10 Brown Paper Packages voucher

Based in Cumbria, we have been making toy boxes for the last 5 years. We can cater for any design and colour scheme.

£5 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£10 Online HIITSTEP WITH Sinead Davey Voucher

Online HIITSTEP Voucher for April with Sinead Davey. Responsible for the HIITSTEP trend Locally, Sinead has been a sensation in Barrow Park and online allowing everyone to experience HIITSTEP even from their own homes.

£5 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£10 Lucie's Cake Co Voucher

County Bride Finalist Beautiful Bespoke Cakes for all occasions Wedding cake specialist Barrow/Dalton/South Cumbria/Lake District/Northwest

£6 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Cheets Treats Box Of Six Voucher RRP £12

Box Of 6 Cheets Treats Cakes Including Delivery. Beautiful Freshly Made Hand Crafted Cakes Based In Around Barrow In Furness Area. Facebook - CheetsTreats

£10 or more

6 of 6 claimed

£20 Shaun Fisher Personal Training Voucher

To Be Redeemed At Shaun Fisher Personal Training Based In Dalton In Furness. Facebook - Shaun Fisher Personal Training This Voucher Can Be Redeemed For Bulk Purchases ( 5 Sessions ) Or Single Session. Valid Till December 2021

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£20.00 Health & Beauty Clinic Voucher [25% off] est 1990 offering you a £20.00 voucher for £15.00. Based in Barrow - experts in hair removal, skin tag, age spots, Laser hair treatment. Available with treatments by Michelle. Valid to December 2021

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Crash Course Discount

Discounted From £35, You Save £15 On Dalton Leisure Centres 5 Day Crash Course Swimming Lessons. ( Tadpoles , Beginners , Improvers ) This Also Gives You Priority Over Non Crowdfund Places, Which Will Guarantee You Don't Miss Out On A Place.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Natalie Marie Photography Voucher RRP £75 [20%OFF]

Free Location Shoot In A Location Of Your Choice, With 20 Images On A USB Drive Or Emailed.

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