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Plans submitted but project suffers blow

Staff at the MS Research and Relief Fund have been fund-raising for its project to build a hydrotherapy pool.

Staff at the MS Research and Relief Fund have been fund-raising for its project to build a hydrotherapy pool.

A planning application for a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool has been submitted by a Morpeth-based charity.

The MS Research and Relief Fund has been holding various events and carrying out activities over the last two years to raise funds for the project at its headquarters in Stobhill.

Excellent progress had been made, however there has been a setback as the company it decided to use has got into financial difficulties.

Paul Atkinson, chairman of the trustees, said: “It’s frustrating because it had got to the stage where designs had been approved, but we can’t take any chances with the money that has been donated and bequeathed to us.

“We’re now looking for an alternative firm to work with and we’re talking to a few at the moment. It’s very much a specialist build and the majority of these pools are used by high profile sports clubs.

“The pool will enable those with severe MS problems to enjoy the benefits of exercise. It started as a wish list item, but the project has gathered momentum over the last 18 months and we’ve received excellent support from local residents and businesses.

“Fund-raising is on-going and there will be more events in the coming months. It will continue once the pool is built to help with its running costs.

“A planning application is needed because a new building is required to house the pool and there will also be changing rooms, showers, toilets, heating and air conditioning facilities, plant rooms and administration rooms.”

 

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