The historic Moseley Road Baths has been saved for the immediate future thanks to donations from hundreds of Brummies.
Moseley Road Baths Action Group has raised £36,495 to train lifeguards and cover the day to day costs of keeping the pool open for the near future.
An incredible 345 people chipped into an online Crowdfunder campaign which raised £17,745 in just 54 days. This has been topped up with a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Awards for All fund and £8,750 from Birmingham City Council’s Community Innovation Fund.
The campaign to save the Grade II* listed building has been backed by a range of Brummie celebrities including comedians Barbara Nice, Joe Lycett, Adil Ray and Coronation Street actor Annette Badland. Poet Benjamin Zephaniah has also tweeted his memories of the pool in support of the campaign.
Kat Pearson, who led the crowdfunding campaign, said: “We are overwhelmed by the final Crowdfunder total and at the level of support we’ve had throughout 2017. This isn’t just about the money we’ve raised, it is a demonstration of the strength of feeling throughout Birmingham and further afield that this pool is an asset which needs to be kept open.”
The baths, which opened in 1907, had been earmarked for closure by the cash-strapped city council - but it agreed to hand the historic building over to the Moseley Road Baths Action Group if it could secure funding and a viable business plan.
The Action Group joined forces with the National Trust and Historic England and has formed the Moseley Road Baths Community Interest Company which will run the pool from April.
As well as the running costs, there is a wider campaign to secure the estimated £23 million to fully restore the baths to their former glory and to keep them open for the long term.
Details of the Crowdfunder:
345 people donated a total of £26,495- including £8,750 from Birmingham City Council’s Community Innovation Fund.
Not including this match funding this is an average pledge of approximately £51.
Some of those who donated larger sums will be rewarded with a photograph or watercolour print of the Baths donated by local photographer Viv Harrison, and artist Jane Tavener or a limited edition pin badge.