In what has become a tradition, this year once again saw dippers in fancy dress paddle, dip and swim until the cold Atlantic Ocean drove them back to the beach.
With fancy dress like a Gingerbread Man, ballerina, and a pirate, the crowd clapped and cheered as the last participant came out of the water. It was brilliant to see that the event had attracted so many participants, with many supporters returning to take part every year.
The total raised for this event including entry money, sponsorship and donations is in excess of £2,000. The money raised will go towards providing care for Cornish children who are having treatment for cancer or leukaemia, and their families.
Now firmly on the Newquay Christmas calendar, plans are already underway for the New Year's Day Dip for CLIC 2019. Please put this date in your diary and be bold, be brave, be benevolent, and challenge yourself for a very worthy cause.
The organisers Hannah Eustice, Jos and Andy Cole said: “We would like to thank the many helpers who enable the event to go ahead so smoothly. Also special thanks to our lifeguard Pierre, Newquay Harbour and the staff at the Rowing Club for use of their facilities, P J Print and Signs of Treloggan, our helpers on the day, and to all who supported this annual fun event.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager for Devon and Cornwall Jordan Anderton said: “I would like to thank Hannah, Jos and Andy for making this event such a huge success.
"The fact that this is the sixth year with attendance growing and growing, it just shows what a brilliant job they are doing."
"I would also like to thank everyone who attended for making it such a brilliant atmosphere and for all being so generous and brave for CLIC Sargent. The money raised will make a massive difference to the young people CLIC Sargent support”.
Making a difference
The money raised could pay for a room in one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home for two months.
Jordan Anderton continued: “For some families, their journey would have started with a trip to the closest specialist centre, for diagnosis and treatment, with an average stay of 25 days; miles away from home, friends and family.
"CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home provide these families with free self-catering accommodation. They are havens for patients and families during treatment, alleviating the financial cost of paying for alternative accommodation and allowing families to stay together during the toughest times, minimizing any further emotional strain. We can only do this thanks to supporters like you.”