Dorothy Purdew OBE
Mrs Dorothy Purdew was owner and chairperson of Champneys Health Spas.
She started her first business, WeightGuard in 1970 with just £60 and opened her first Health farm, Frimleys eight years later. With her late husband Bob, and son Stephen, she went on to buy Henlow Grange. Over the following years, Dorothy and her son Stephen went on to purchase Springs Hydro, Forest Mere and then Champneys Tring. The Purdew family then created the Champneys group, with all four of their properties. The brand went from strength to strength and in recent years, Dorothy and Stephen purchased Eastwell Manor and more recently Mottram Hall in Cheshire.
Mrs Purdew could never believe a girl from a working-class background could become one of the world’s most influential spa operators. Champneys became her life. Even into her nineties, she would read the guest feedback every morning, eager to learn of how the business could improve.
Mrs Purdew loved her guests and her staff. She enjoyed taking time to find out about people’s lives.
This digital book has been created to allow memories to be shared and to create a record for Stephen and the family to cherish.