Time running out to enter Sunderland’s Boxing Day Dip

Fun at last year's Boxing Day Dip.
Fun at last year's Boxing Day Dip.
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THE deadline is approaching for charity champs keen to take the plunge.

“The numbers stand at 950 at the moment,” said spokeswoman Anne Fielding.

“We aim at 1,200, so it is all going well but anyone still considering entering needs to do so as soon as possible.”

Organisers have seen a shift in the nature of causes for which funds are being raised and Anne believes it is a reflection of the tough economic times.

“Lots of charities have been nominated, lots of various cancer charities and Help for Heroes particularly, but we are finding this year that many clubs and organisations are raising funds for themselves, which is fine,” she said.

“It is probably a sign of the times as the recession bites.”

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.

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 to print out an entry form or call 522 5305.

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