Do you want to do your bit for a charity and raise money for those affected by cancer? Why not participate in a morning dip on Christmas Day?
What is White Christmas Dip?
The White Christmas Dip is an annual Christmas morning dip held on the beach at Boscombe Pier. The dip begins on the beach and finishes in the sea. The event is great fun for the swimmers and spectators with many dippers choosing to dress up in a fancy dress.
The White Christmas Dip started back in 2008. It began on Christmas day morning when John White was visiting some of his family, who all decided to join the Spartans Swimming Club members in their Annual Christmas morning swim. John White, along with son, also named John White and nephews Tommy Baker, Harry Baker, Berni Mendieta and Joe Hardwick found some fancy dress outfits and decided to partake in the swim. At 10:30 on Christmas morning 2012 over 120 bathers took to the water with many more spectators including family, friends and the general public on hand to cheers them on during their Christmas morning swim.
Why do they do it?
Every penny raised at the White Christmas Dip goes to Macmillan Caring Locally helping fund the care of patients in the local community.
Macmillan Caring Locally is a small charity established in 1974 to build the MacMillan Cancer Care Unit at Christchurch Hospital. The fund raised at the event enabled MacMillan to buy essential equipment for the Macmillan Unit and provide friendly and homely environment for Macmillan patients and their families.
When is it?
The event takes place to the Right of Boscombe Pier between 9:45 - 10:00am on Christmas Day as this allows time to be signed in, and take a few photos before everybody charges into the sea at 10:30!
Fancy Joining Us?
Would you like to join Bernie, his family and the rest of Christmas Dippers for an amazing experience and to raise funds for a great cause? Register your interest online here and make a minimum of £5 donation or turn up on the day and donate £10.
Hot chocolate and mulled wine will be available on the day, free of charge on first come, first served basis. Don’t forget to bring warm clothes and blankets!