IT’S that time again.
Every year, hundreds of hardy souls brave the icy waters off Seaburn to raise thousands of pounds for charity in Sunderland Lions’ Boxing Day Dip.
Last year’s Dippers raised £61,713 in sponsorship, with the Lions netting a further £1,440 from a collection among spectators.
More than 1,200 people took the plunge in the 37th annual event, while thousands more flocked to the seafront to see the fancy dress fund-raisers which included smurfs, clowns, Strictly Come Dancing contestants, angels and Oompa Loompas.
Lions president Pam Oliver said it had been a “fabulous” event, with a record number taking part. She added: “I think a lot of it is to do with the weather, and because they are keen to see what effort people have gone to for their costumes.”
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.
Another change this year is that there is a closing date for entries of Saturday, December 15.
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 to complete our entry form and send it to Peter and Anne Fielding, 32 Hipsburn Drive, Sunderland, SR3 1UA.
Alternatively, visit www.sunderlandlionsclubuk.org then follow the on screen instructions.