FINAL preparations are under way for two bracing Boxing Day events.
And there is still just enough time to take part in this year’s freezing cold fund-raising dips in Seaburn and Seaham.
The deadline for entries to run into the North Sea on Wearside expires tomorrow, so we are reprinting the form to give anyone who has forgotten to submit their entry one last chance.
Last year’s Dippers raised £61,713 in sponsorship, with the Lions netting a further £1,440 from a collection among spectators as more than 1,200 people took the plunge in the 37th annual event.
There are some slight changes to the running order this year, with registration kicking off at the earlier time of 9.15am and the fancy dress judging beginning at 10.30am.
The parade and procession to the sea is at 11am as usual.
All entrants must be over the age of 12 and sponsor money should be collected by the end of February.
The Lions take 20 per cent for their own charity account, which pays for the club’s charitable work across the city, such as the Christmas Wish campaign which provides funding for various organisations to hold festive celebrations.
Anyone who wants to take part in this year’s dip should complete our entry form and return it to Peter and Anne Fielding, 32 Hipsburn Drive, Sunderland, SR3 1UA.
Alternatively, visit www.sunderlandlionsclubuk.org then follow the on screen instructions.
East Durham Round Table will stage its own dip, in the North Dock of Seaham Marina.
Paul Hepple, one of the organisers, said: “It’s become a big community event in the town and we would like to make sure this year’s gets even more support.
“The crowd that turned out last year was fantastic and we would like people to do the same this time.
“It’s raised a fair bit of money, some of it for the Round Table, which then helps us help charities, and for causes of people’s own desire.
“There have been some great outfits worn, Minnie Mouse, Santa and lots of Christmas costumes, and we hope to see plenty this time.”
The splash at the dock slope is being supported by St John Ambulance and Seaham Town Council.
Entry to the dip is £5 and registration will open at 10.30am, with booklets offering more information available from businesses at the town.
The Round Table has also set up a webpage at www.facebook.com/seahamboxingdaydip, to spread the message about the event.