A community group is raising money to install a permanent sea sauna on the seafront between Folkestone and Hythe. The initiative has so far raised just over £5,000 of their £23,000 target.
The Folkestone Sea Sauna Community Group is working in partnership with the Folkestone Rowing Club and aims to open the sauna by October 2022. It is hoped that the installation of the sauna will encourage more people to swim in the sea and also give the community a place meeting. .
Sea swimming has grown in popularity in the UK in recent years, and there is now more research to show the positive effects that cold water therapy can have on the mind and body. The local swimming group, Folkestone Sea Swimmers, started with 4/5 members in 2017 and now has around 1,400 members, seeing a massive increase in numbers following the pandemic.
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The sauna is to be located in what is currently an old garage-like building owned by Folkestone Rowing Club. Once the renovation is complete, the sauna will accommodate up to 12 people and will also have changing rooms inside. Sauna maintenance will be entrusted to the Folkestone Rowing Club and access to the facility will be by club membership, at a cost of £75 per annum.
Sea swimmer and band member Peter Blach was inspired to start the project after one of his trips to Denmark when he started noticing more and more saunas were popping up along the coast there. In a short video he made to promote the project, he said: “There is a real appetite for this activity as more and more of us realize how healthy it is for our physical health. and mental.”
In a bid to achieve the goal, one of the fundraising events taking place this month is a Silent Disco night at Folkestone Rowing Club on Saturday 18th June. If you want to know more about this event and get tickets, you can visit the Facebook page HERE.
To learn more about this project, you can visit the fundraising page HERE.
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