Fancy making a splash on Christmas Day or New Year in support of St Elizabeth Hospice’s services for local people?
St Elizabeth Hospice is holding its popular sponsored Christmas Day Dip again this year and hopes it will raise £40,000 for the charity.
You can sign up for the Christmas Day Dip online until 5pm on December 23rd – or on the day in person from 8.30am.
And this year it has launched its first sponsored New Year’s Day Dip to help support new Hospice services for local people in Waveney and Great Yarmouth.
It will take place on Tuesday 1st January 2013 in the sea off Gorleston.
Registration was officially launched by nurses from St Elizabeth Hospice’s day unit in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth.
Dressed in uniform and party hats they dipped their toes in the cold North Sea to get a taste of what is to come on New Year’s Day.
The event has been organised to raise money to grow local Hospice care for local people in Waveney and Great Yarmouth, The Hospice offers a range of free support including day care, therapies, counselling, family support and inpatient services. Its day services are in Lowestoft, Beccles and Ditchingham, Ipswich and a further day unit has just opened in Gorleston.
St Elizabeth Hospice’s events fundraiser Leanne Carhart said: “The New Year is a good time to take on a new challenge. We hope lots of people will join us on New Year’s Day and help raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice to continue to provide local Hospice care free of charge for local people.”
The New Year’s Day Dip takes place at 10.30am opposite the bandstand. The registration fee is £5 per person and participants are asked to raise sponsorship.
The annual Christmas Day Dip takes place at 10am in the sea off Felixstowe.
Last year over 350 people took up the challenge to raise money for the Hospice and around 400 dippers are expected this year.
Many find it a good way of starting Christmas Day, which can be a difficult time for someone who is grieving.
St Elizabeth Hospice’s events fundraiser Emily Sullivan said: “Christmas is a lovely time of year to give something back and remember a loved one. The Christmas Day Dip has grown in popularity every year and this year we hope it will raise £40,000 to help us to continue to grow local Hospice care for local people.Why not come along first thing, do your dip with friends and family watching, then go home to open your presents and enjoy your Christmas dinner. What a great way to start the festivities.”
The registration fee is £5 per person and participants are asked to raise sponsorship. Participants can opt to pay £10 to register and receive a Christmas Day Dip T-shirt.