Make sure you don't miss out on a place in this year's Sunderland Boxing Day Dip

Time is running out to secure a place in this year’s Boxing Day Dip.

Sunday, 15th December 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Sunday, 15th December 2019, 8:00 am
Dippers keep all the money they make in sponsorship

Now organisers Sunderland Lions Club are urging would-be dippers not to miss out.

Numbers are limited for the event and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunderland Lions Club was founded in July 1964 and has been serving the local and international community ever since. This will be the 46th annual Boxing Day Dip.

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There are still a limited number of places at this year's Boxing Day Dip

Almost 200 people took part in last year’s event, raising more than £16,700 for their chosen good cause or charity.

The Lions Club organises the dip to raise funds for its own good causes, as well as allowing dippers to collect for their charities and organisations.

The club used to retain a share of all money pledged, but two years ago introduced a simpler system, with a flat fee.

Everyone taking part will pay £25 up front and then be free to keep every penny they raise in sponsorship,

“Dippers need to be 12-years-old and over and team leaders need to be sure everyone is fit enough to take part,” said Lions spokeswoman Anne Fielding

“The dip will once again be from the Grand Hotel, Seaburn with registration from 9.15am to 10.45am, then fancy dress judging by the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland and the President of the Lions Club.

“The procession to the sea is at 11am.”

The closure of the Seaburn Centre in 2017 had left the future of the Dip in doubt until bosses at the seafront Grand Hotel stepped in to offer the event a new home.

The Lions are also hoping for a bumper turn-out of spectators: “Last year the beach collection raised £1,044.85 which was brilliant,” said Anne.

“Hopefully the crowds will come again to support the magnificent Dippers and to help swell the funds. So come on, work on those wonderful fancy dress ideas and register.”

To enter visit https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/sunderland_uk/page-6.php to download either a team form or an individual form.

If you have any problems, e-mail [email protected] or contact Jim Nicol on 0191 565 4207.