Newquay Harbour held host to our fifth CLIC Sargent New Year's Day Dip and a large crowd of well-wishers watched and cheered as over 60 audacious dippers took to the water.
Newquay CLIC Sargent Fundraising Group
The annual event was organised by members of the Newquay CLIC Sargent Fundraising Group who were looking to do something different to raise awareness and funds for the charity.
Event organiser Hannah Eustice said: “Again this year some of the dippers chose to wear fancy dress for the event and the crowd witnessed them all entering the water at 11am.
"They paddled, dipped and swam until the cold Atlantic Ocean drove them back to the beach. 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 ages ranging from four to 70 years, and a great and supportive crowd of onlookers.”
Many dippers had been sponsored by family and friends and the spectators were most generous with their donations. The final total raised is an amazing £942.
The organisers Hannah, Jos and Andy Cole would like to thank the many helpers who enable the event to go ahead so smoothly.
Hannah said: “I would also like to say a special thanks to our lifeguard Pierre, Newquay Harbour and the staff at the Rowing Club for use of their facilities and our helpers on the day and to all who supported this annual fun event.”
Making a difference
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton said: “Hannah, Jos and Andy do a fantastic job of organising the dip each year and have an excellent team to help them. I cannot thank everyone involved enough for their support, hard work and generosity.”
The money raised from the event could fund a room in one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home for just under one month, providing free self-catering accommodation near to specialist children’s cancer treatment centres, which are often many miles from a family’s own home.
Staying in a Home from Home ensures a family cannot only be close to their child during treatment, but also alleviates any financial concerns on where to stay. If they are well enough, the child or young person can stay there too.
These homes save families on average £2,140 and the average stay in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home is 23 days.
Are you inspired?
Plans are already underway for the New Year's Day Dip for CLIC 2018. Please put this date in your diary and be bold, be brave, be benevolent and challenge yourself for a very worthy cause.
If you would like to find out more about this event or book your ticket into the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day, please contact organiser Hannah Eustice on 01637 831 184 or 07791 086 617 or via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org.