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HOT TUB & SWIM SPA NEWS


HotSpring World Delighted Millie’s Hot Tub Is A Resounding Success


After receiving a letter from Living by Giving, a foundation designed to enhance the living qualities of the less fortunate, HotSpring World has donated one of their products to a little girl with a big heart.


Millie is nine years old and is from Milton Keynes. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). A genetic condition, MLD is extremely rare. It is thought only one in 40,000 people are afflicted with it. It affects nerves, muscles, organs and even behaviour. The life expectancy of MLD sufferers ranges between ten and 15 years of age. Living by Giving’s current project is ‘Young People New Experiences’. In Millie’s case, the charity’s aim was to give her an opportunity to live comfortably, without the constant pain that is a symptom of the condition. In the months before the appeal to HotSpring World,


Millie’s parents took her to a hydrotherapy centre near their home. The results were amazing. Having seemingly lost the ability to smile, once in the water her beautiful grin had returned to her face. The feeling of weightlessness that the hot tub provided gave Millie a welcome respite from the constant discomfort she felt being strapped into a wheelchair. In order to give Millie this enjoyment on a day to day basis, Living by Giving


acted and HotSpring World responded. The story doesn’t end there, either. The hot tub Millie received was initially put up as a prize in a competition they were running with SPN’s sister consumer publication – What Pool & Hot Tub. The winner, a lady named Hayley Turner, was not able to claim her prize. Hayley has a daughter herself that suffers from cerebral palsy, and has seen the wonders hydrotherapy can do. After hearing of the appeal, Hayley was adamant she wanted the hot tub to be donated to Millie. She went on to say: “I think it’s great that this charity are seeking help for someone that really needs and deserves it.” Millie’s story has touched so many people


along the way. The Chairman of the Living by Giving Trust, Matt Betts said: “We were really pleased to be able to facilitate the donation of a hot tub for Millie, and are very grateful to HotSpring World for their donation. The Trust have worked with Millie and her family for a number of years, and are so pleased that the hot tub is already giving Millie such relief from her constant pain.”


HotSpring World 0800 849 8111 www.hotspringworld.co.uk


Legionnaires’ Disease Safety Concerns Over Birthing Pools


Expectant mothers have been warned not to use certain types of heated birthing pools at home after a baby born in one acquired Legionnaires, disease. According to press reports, Public Health England and the NHS have issued the warning for birthing pools that have built-in heaters and re-circulation pumps, which are filled with water two weeks in advance of the birth.


The alert comes after a case of Legionnaires’ disease was identified in a baby born in a home birth in one of the pools. Water samples confirmed the presence of Legionella bacteria. Prof Nick Phin, PHE’s expert on Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, said: “This is an extremely unusual situation, which we are taking very seriously. As a precaution, we advise that heated birthing pools, filled in advance of labour and where temperature is then maintained by use of a heater and pump, are not used in the home setting, while we investigate further and until definitive advice on disinfection and safety is available.” In light of the current warning BISHTA the Trade Association for the British and


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Irish Spa and Hot Tub industry would like to highlight these potential safety considerations when using, purchasing, hiring and maintaining spa products for home birthing purposes. BISHTA formed in 2001 following the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Netherlands and Belgium in 1999 that killed a number of people visiting flower shows where hot tubs were on display (filled


with water, but not treated with chlorine). BISHTA is the only Trade Association anywhere in Europe totally dedicated to solely representing the spa and hot tub industry, with published Standards. The key message from BISHTA has always been about promoting safe spa water. By providing water hygiene management training, both BISHTA and its Members can ensure that the rest of the industry is aware of their responsibilities, for maintaining spa water with an appropriate level of sanitiser (bromine, chlorine or PHMB) to reduce to a minimum the risk of having the Legionella bacteria developing into the potential danger of Legionnaires’ disease. BISHTA’s Technical Adviser Howard Gosling said: “BISHTA estimates there are at least 100,000 hot tubs and swim spas in the British Isles and given the isolated number of incidents each year, this demonstrates that by following the simple rules needed for water hygiene management, that spa pools can be safely maintained and used.”


BISHTA 01264 356211 www.bishta.co.uk


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