Hartlepool fundraisers urged to take Boxing Day plunge for charity

Brave swimmers at last year's Boxing Day Dip.
Brave swimmers at last year's Boxing Day Dip.

Festive fundraisers are getting ready to take the plunge for charity.

Hartlepool Round Table is once again organising the town’s popular Boxing Day Dip, when hundreds of people are expected to blow away the Christmas cobwebs by taking an icy dip in the sea.

A hardy fundraiser at last year's Boxing Day Dip.

A hardy fundraiser at last year's Boxing Day Dip.

So far, around 50 people have registered via the Round Table’s website.

Dippers can sign up on the day on Saturday, December 26, but organisers say it will help the event go swimmingly if they sign up beforehand.

The dip is once again taking place from The Staincliffe hotel on Coronation Drive, at Seaton Carew.

Mark Rycraft, vice chairman of Hartlepool Round Table, said: “Last year was a huge success and we are hoping this year will be just as good.

Dippers preparing to take the plunge.

Dippers preparing to take the plunge.

“People can register on the day but if you want to avoid the queues our recommendation is get online and get registered, then when you come on the day you know it has been taken care of.

“The £5 registration cost goes towards emergency services, local charities and to run the event.

“Then 100% of the money people raise goes to their chosen charity or causes.”

The Round Table says it is important people register instead of just joining in for safety and insurance reasons.

It's cold - but worth it for the good causes who benefit.

It's cold - but worth it for the good causes who benefit.

All Round Table members who help to run the event do it as volunteers.

Everyone taking part will still need to sign in and out on the day of the dip, from 10am.

Pipers will lead dippers from The Staincliffe along the promenade to the new slipway and then carefully go down the steps and making their way to the water.

Marshals will be on hand to guide dippers.

Hartlepool RNLI and St John Ambulance will be there to ensure swimmers’ safety.

Every registered participant will be presented with a certificate straight afterwards and get a collectible wristband.

Registration and sponsorship forms, along with all information, can be found on the website boxingdaydip.org.