IT’S time to get ready for Sunderland’s 2011 Boxing Day Dip.
Hundreds of hardy souls with more charity than sense brave the freezing waters of the North Sea at Seaburn every year in Sunderland Lions Club’s event.
This will be the 37th Dip and entries are already coming in – so don’t hang about in getting your form in or you might miss out.
Lions spokeswoman Anne Fielding “Last year, 875 dippers took the plunge at Seaburn, raising £60,958 for some 69 different charitable organisations.
“Just how brilliant is that? We look forward to this year’s dip being equally successful.”
From penguins and superheroes to characters from Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland, fund-raisers donned a range of wacky costumes for last year’s event.
Club president Pam Oliver will make history this year when she dons a sexy lion costume to become the first president to enter the water.
“We would remind dippers that team leaders must register when they get to the Seaburn Centre,” said Anne.
“It is very important that they all read the dip booklet very carefully, to take on board the essential information to make the dip run smoothly.
“Please bring your book with you otherwise you may not be allowed into the Seaburn Centre.”
Registration on the day is from 9.30am to 10.30am. Fancy dress judging will be held between 10.45am and 11am, with the parade and procession to the sea at 11am.
The Lions are also on the lookout for new members to help with organisation of the dip.
“We have regular meetings, give away lots of money and enjoy ourselves in the process,” said Anne.
Please don’t be shy, come along and join in the fun.”
In return for organising the dip, the Lions retain 20 per cent of all funds raised, which they use for their own charities. Dippers can name one charity or organisation to receive funding.
Anyone wanting to take part in this year’s event can click here or call 522 5305.