After the EDP reported last Friday that the popular annual Lowestoft Charity Swim had been cancelled after more than 30 years, faces were downcast in the town. But disappointment soon turned to relief as Sentinel Leisure Trust agreed to take over the running of the event.
This year’s Lowestoft Christmas Charity Swim will mark the 35th anniversary of the first time festively dressed townspeople dived headlong into an icy North Sea to raise money for charity.
Stuart Everett, managing director at Sentinel, told the EDP: ‘As a local charitable organisation which provides leisure services for local people, we felt a genuine determination to step in and save the Christmas Day swim, with a view to ensuring it retains a regular place in the calendar.
‘The festive dip has not only been enjoyed by thousands of local people over the years; it has also raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities.
‘This is not just about a fun event, but also the good causes which benefit.’
If you’d like to join the ‘fun’ of plunging into an ice cold sea, or you’d just like to go along and watch the town’s bravest souls take a dip, then make sure you’re outside the Hatfield Hotel at 10am on Christmas Day. If you’d like to register for sponsorship and help raise some much needed funds for local good causes, then either pick up a form from Waterlane Leisure Centre or visit the Splash For Cash website.