Nairn Hydrotherapy Pool

The History of our Pool

When Mr and Mrs McGregor first thought about a pool it was because of a survey they did in the Grantown to Nairn areas looking for children who had disabilities who could benefit from hydrotherapy.  The survey identified 44 children so they decided it was worth building a hydrotherapy pool for them because at the time hydrotherapy treatment was not available in the Highlands. The Trustees' son, James, had returned from Great Ormond Street Hospital, London where they recommended and used hydrotherapy for the treatment of their disabled young patients. 

Mr and Mrs McGregor put together a committee, some of whom are still around, David Robertson, bank manager of Royal Bank, Jenny Rose-Miller (a physiotherapist), late Provost Nigel Graham, Mr and Mrs McGregor, Sylvia Wood,the late Dr. Bryce Stewart of the Nairn doctor’s practice and Lady Leven who all became the original trustees. 

The whole area adopted the idea and funds were raised within 1 year in all sorts of ways - bring and buy sales, children rode ponies on sponsored rides, an amputee sat on top of a pole we had erected on the links in fancy dress. He lowered his artificial leg to the ground and people put money in it. When it was full it was hoisted onto the platform, emptied and re-lowered - this alone rose £1,000 in one day. There were many such events and activities and as a result the costs of building it in 1984, £80,000, came quickly. Even Mr. Tulloch himself wielded a spade and the building was completed within 18 months by Tullochs of Nairn. The building was opened on 9th November 1985 by the Earl of Leven.


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