Campaigners behind plans for a ‘first of its kind’ sea sauna are urging donors to make one last push to help reach their crowdfunding goal.
Community group Folkestone Sea Sauna is seeking to raise nearly £22,000 to fund the installation of the Scandinavian-style facility at the Rowing Club on Sandgate seafront.
Campaign organizer Peter Blach, from Denmark, hopes the project will lead to the creation of an electric sauna that can be used by the city’s swimming community.
The aim is to convert a dilapidated garage-like storage building at Folkestone Rowing Club into a sauna that can accommodate 12 people at a time.
It would be open daily during the winter months and access would be unlimited for club members paying an annual fee of £75.
So far supporters of the plans have pledged almost £15,000, and prospects of achieving the goal have been boosted by funding from Kent County Council (KCC) through its CrowdFund Kent campaign.
Mr Blach, who regularly swims in the sea, said: “We are really grateful to everyone who has contributed to the sea sauna so far.
“Community support is why KCC has chosen to support the sauna as well.
“This incredible community asset is so close to becoming a reality and we urge anyone who is considering contributing to do so as soon as we need to reach our goal by July 18.”
The idea of a seaside sauna is not entirely new to the UK, and in recent years a number of wood-fired saunas have sprung up on the coast.
Organizers of the Folkestone scheme say theirs is a ‘first of its kind’ as it would not be run like a private company.
The aim is to keep dues as low as possible, just enough to cover running costs.
Because the sauna will be heated with electricity rather than wood, it is easier to operate and maintain, which also helps reduce running costs.
To support the campaign, visit the crowdfunding page by clicking here.
The page is expected to remain live until Monday, July 18.