It is over 40 years since the Westmorland Mencap Society began a very ambitious plan to raise money to build a Hydrotherapy Pool in Kendal. They had the foresight to recognise the potential benefits for children and adults with disabilities, both physical and mental, exercising in warm water in warm surroundings. On Saturday 12th November 1977 Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool was opened by Mr Peter Naylor, Chairman of Cumbria County Council. The Pool provided almost 22,000 individual hydrotherapy user sessions last year to the most vulnerable of our community. Those with Physical and Mental Health conditions along with the increasing elderly population all receive great benefit not available elsewhere. Sight Advice, Cancer & Arthritis Care, Multiple Sclerosis, Breast Care, Stroke, Headway, Adult Learning & 'Special' Schools.
THE PROPOSED PROJECT: -
The future of Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool will depend on being able to continue providing a first-class hydrotherapy service at the best possible costs. The Hydrotherapy Pool Renewable Energy Project will not only address the escalating costs of providing hydrotherapy services but also will be environmentally friendly maximizing the use of ‘green energy’ and energy conservation.
The aim of the project: -
The project will be costly, and we have been specifically raising funds for the last three years. We currently have assets on deposit of about £60,000 which will cover our costs for about a year as funding is not certain from any of our main partners. We also have unreserved funds of about £150,000 for The Renewable Energy and New Roof Project. We intend to contribute significantly to the project from these current deposits which have accumulated from fundraising in the community and generous donations from users and their families. However, to complete the project, we will need additional grant funding from a range of sources.
We need to avoid passing on the rising energy costs which are a significant part of our budget, to the Pool users by reducing the burden as much as possible by making the pool more energy-efficient and utilising renewable energy technology. As energy prices continue to rise it may become a problem for the continued running of the pool as it is so important to maintain a high pool and ambient temperature.
The project will deliver a reduction in running costs, resulting in increased sustainability enabling us to continue the prudent management of the pool. It will also demonstrate a commitment to reducing carbon emissions. It may even result in generating revenue if excess energy is created. The options available for reducing energy costs were assessed and recommended in the Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) report (available if required). This report showed that the roof which is a double skinned fibre-glass roof and is over 40 years old loses a lot of heat energy (approx. 30%). A survey by Lakes Renewables reported that it was NOT possible to install Solar PV Panels on the present ‘wave’ roof which will NEED to be replaced.
The External and Internal Pictures of the Pool below show the unsuitability of the present roof.
This application comes at a stage in the overall project outlined in the CAfS report, we have undertaken some of the recommendations, and now need to undertake the final recommendations of replacing the old roof and to install solar voltaic roof panels.
We have been working through the CAfS report as follows: -
1) The front entrance repairs have been carried out and new automatic doors installed.
2) The large glazed window at the bottom West Wall has been removed and bricked up.
3) The Vent Axia Air Handling Heat Exchange Units have been replaced. This is estimated to save about £100 per month on heating.
4) The Pool cover has been replaced.
5) A full roof survey for Solar Voltaic panels to be installed (flat roof and/or the 'wave' roof areas) has been completed by Align Property Partners, Northallerton (available if required).
The costs for these improvements recommended in the CAfS report was covered with funding raised by South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust (SLHT).
The project will reap immediate benefits in terms of reduction in energy bills which is quantifiable and easily measured. Some figures are suggested in the CAfS reports.
We have had specific quotes for Solar PV Panels (Lakes Renewables) in the range of £26,500 to £29,500, which will depend on a new roof suitable to take the Solar Voltaic Panels. We have been given an estimated additional target of a further £200,000 for the new roof with costs for Pool Lighting, design fees, inflation and possible asbestos works. We have tendered for the contract of works for the final build costs and there will also be a loss of income of about £6-8,000 during the Build. The THREE tender contracts are all within about £230K.
This project will not create additional running costs, it will, in fact, lower them substantially the project will deliver reduced running costs for the pool. It is estimated by “Lakes Renewables” that if we have both the flat roof on the entrance hall and the main pool roof fitted with panels, we could anticipate a 35% reduction in energy costs.
During 2017 (the 40th Anniversary of Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool) the ‘Friends of Sandgate Pool’ part of SLHT have raised about £12,000 and in 2018 about £11,000 from events, we had organised. This commitment from the ‘Friends’ along with the continued determined support of the Pool users, their friends and families and local businesses will continue. We have already raised £150,000 towards the overall costs which are held in a reserved fund. I would like to pay tribute to how hard the ‘Friends of Sandgate Pool’ work with coffee mornings, Bingo and Race nights, Quizzes etc and the tremendous support from users of the Pool and the whole community.
We will be applying to further Local and National Grant funding organisations to reach the overall target of £230,000, the works will be started this year.
At present we have a shortfall of about £60,000. ANY financial contribution towards this shortfall would be valuable, valued and greatly appreciated with FULL acknowledgement when the Pool is officially reopened.
Please do not hesitate to contact me further if more information is required to support my sincere request for funding support to continue this very valuable service to the most vulnerable of our community.Costs of Replacing Roof on Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool and Installing Solar PV PanelsCosts Excluding VATSolar + PV Panels and New Roof Construction£211,730 (Align previously estimated £118,000 which our original fundraising was based on and SLHT paid a fee as below)Renewables Review and Option Appraisal Report from AlignAlign Fees During Contract £5,635.52 (Paid) £12,974Loss of Income during Build £6-8,000Incidentals e.g. Internal Roof Lighting, Asbestos, Ecology, Concrete Cover and Roof Equipment Hoist, estimated could be more but not less £10,000
The future of Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool will depend on being able to continue
providing a first-class hydrotherapy service at the best possible costs. The Project will
address the escalating costs of providing hydrotherapy services and will be
environmentally friendly maximizing the use of ‘green energy’ and energy conservation.
The project will be costly, and we have been specifically raising funds for the last three
years. We need to avoid passing on the rising energy costs which are a significant part
of our budget, to the Pool users by reducing the burden as much as possible by making
the pool more energy-efficient and utilising renewable energy technology.
It will deliver a reduction in running costs, resulting in increased sustainability enabling
us to continue the prudent management of the pool and demonstrate a commitment to
reducing carbon emissions. The options available for reducing energy costs were
assessed and recommended in the Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) report
(available). This report showed that the roof which is a double skinned fibre-glass roof
and is over 40 years old loses about 35% of heat energy. A survey by Lakes
Renewables and Align Properties reported that it was NOT possible to install Solar/PV
Panels on the present ‘wave’ roof which will NEED to be replaced.
hydrotherapy in a supportive environment that builds confidence and allows privacy. The
benefits include improved mobility, easing of pain and growth in confidence. Our main
objectives are to deliver this therapy at an affordable cost (so as not to exclude the
vulnerable users), to provide personalised and specialist sessions and to maintain the
pool environment to a high standard.
The pool costs around £140,000 a year to run and brings in over £80,000 in income
form pool charges. We would not want to see an increase in pool charges and currently
as can be seen from the timetable the pool is operating at high capacity. Higher charges
would be prohibitive and discriminatory to the most vulnerable users of the Pool.
We have significantly reduced running costs in the last few years by improving the
equipment that is used to sanitise and heat the pool which has saved money. It is now a
priority to undertake the improvements suggested in the Cumbria Action for
Sustainability (CAfS) energy report (attached) to further lower energy costs by about
To ensure the pool remained viable the South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust (SLHT) with
charitable status was formed in 2002 and has now a working partnership with CCC
along with grant funding from other major stakeholders. In the last financial year
(2016-17) the pool’s operating costs were £143,000.
Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool is open seven days a week averaging 22,000 individual
user sessions per year.
All Health Care agencies and Local Councils are under severe budgetary pressures and
the loss of secured funding from any of our partners will jeopardise the viability of the
The groups that we serve are certainly the most vulnerable and marginalised people of
our community as they have physical and mental illnesses severely disabling them
temporarily or permanently. They are either on pensions, children and adults needing
care, not working due to ill health and have little spare income.
The Pool provides almost 22,000 individual hydrotherapy user sessions per year to the
most vulnerable of our community. Those with Physical and Mental Health conditions
and the increasing elderly population all receive a great benefit not available elsewhere.
The Trust through Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool offers a unique service to the population
of Cumbria and Lancashire, the benefits of hydrotherapy have been well known for
many years. The Pool offers these benefits in a supportive environment that affords
privacy. Key benefits include the ability to: Move more easily Relax your body Regain
fitness following an operation or accident Ease pain Perform gentle all-body exercises
Improve circulation and breathing Build self-confidence The Trust has several key
objectives including providing therapy at an affordable cost in a Pool heated to 94F (10F
higher than a public swimming pool). With personal/specialist sessions to facilitate
confidence-building and emotional support in an environment for social interaction
The Pool is open seven days a week 12 hours a day for week-days and about 6 hours
on Saturday and Sunday. UHMB NHS FT (Consultants and Physiotherapists), Medical
General Practitioners and Physiotherapists currently refer patients to Sandgate
Hydrotherapy Pool along with Health and Care Groups (Cancer Care, Arthritis Care,
Multiple Sclerosis, Breast Care, Stroke Club, Sight Advice, Adult learning and training
groups, Whinfell and Windmill, Headway, Sandgate, Underley Schools, WOSP (Kendal
Cost is a major issue due to transport, low income and need for carers, the burden is
reduced by keeping pool costs low.
It is obvious to Pool users that the 40-year-old roof is in a poor state which will not last
and that it is right for this 'Health Care Facility' to have a 'green' footprint, Without this
improvement, the Pool would not be ab;e to continue providing the valuable
hydrotherapy service. The community and Pool users have supported this particular
project for over 3 years raising about £30,000 from raffles, coffee mornings, quizzes,
Bingo and race nights, fashion shows and much more. This is the community and the
Pool Users speaking up very loudly that they WANT and NEED this facility. Attendance
figures recorded that in 2010 over 20,000 individual user sessions per year which are
now at 22,000 per year. In 2018-19 there were over 200 new medical referrals to the
Hydrotherapy treatment is therapeutic and assists with relaxation, decreases pain,
increases muscle strength and enhances overall mobility of the patient. The key benefits
of hydrotherapy are from the heated water and resistance that the water provides.
The impact of this is far-reaching and multi-faceted. Some of the conditions that
hydrotherapy can help are:
Neurological conditions e.g. strokes and brain and spinal cord injuries, Multiple
Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy
Musculo Skeletal Conditions
Orthopaedic conditions e.g. trauma (fractures and soft tissue injuries), arthritis, pre and
post joint replacement and amputation
Spinal conditions e.g. acute and chronic lower back pain and pre and post spinal
Chronic rheumatological conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and
chronic fatigue syndrome.
Sensory or learning or profound and multiple difficulties
Mental Health Patients and Psychological well-being
Hydrotherapy has been around for a long time but is not core to NHS service delivery.
(Margaret Reid Campion, Hydrotherapy, Principles and Practice, 1997)
The NHS Ten Year Forward view identifies the need for a radical upgrade in prevention
and public health keeping patients out of the hospital. Endorsing exercise through
hydrotherapy encourages exercise in the community, which patients can continue
independently, giving them greater control of their own care and encouraging healthy
People that have experienced severe pain frequently suffer ‘fear-avoidance’ to exercise
and movement in case the pain returns. This results in deconditioning and secondary
health problems. Many patients are unable to exercise on land but can do so in the
water, so hydrotherapy provides rehabilitation that they would otherwise be unable to
Please explain how you will collate, measure and report the benefits you describe?
The major evaluation will be the energy costs which should be significantly lower and
the environment should be significantly improved. This will be reflected in the Energy
The full cost analysis is given in the attached CAfS and Align Properties Reports.
We evaluate input as the number of sessions we provide, (Open 7 days per week, 12
hours per weekday and about 6 hours Saturday and Sunday) allowing maximum
flexibility and the staff band running costs to provide this service. The Output is
measured as the number of individual user sessions taken up (about 22,000 per year).
The Outcomes are measured using The Measure Your Medical Outcome Profile
(MYMOP), a nationally recognised assessment where patients complete the
assessment form when they start Hydrotherapy and at then at set intervals afterwards.
This is a one-off capital project, the roof is over 40 years old, is a double skinned
fibreglass structure losing about 30% of the heat energy produced. The New Roof with
Solar and PV panels will sustain the future and viability of the Hydrotherapy Pool.
The purpose of this project is to become as self-sufficient as possible for our energy
needs for two reasons.
1- to reduce our energy costs to make the pool as sustainable as possible. As
running costs rise in the future, the economic argument for keeping the pool could
weaken. Our principal goal is to create a more sustainable future for the pool so that the
reliance on ad hoc funding is diminished and uncertainty around funding is not a threat.
With one of the biggest costs being energy to maintain the high-temperature levels, to
reduce heating bills would certainly help to create sustainability.
2- to reduce our carbon footprint. As a trust, we are committed to reducing carbon
emissions and our recently installed new boilers have made a big impact on energy
usage. We are also in the process of addressing other energy leaks identified in our
CAfS report which will also contribute to a reduction in usage. However, there is only so
much that can be achieved given the nature of the pool environment. Creating and
conserving our own green energy is the next logical step.