Christmas Day Dip 2017

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Sea Front (opposite Mannings Amusements)

Sea Road


IP11 2AU

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This will be our 14th Christmas Day Dip and it’s gathering quite a following. We now have around 400 people take part each year and see this as the start of their festivities on the day. Their friends and family all come along to watch and there’s a fantastic atmosphere as everyone gathers to run in to the sea. While those raising
money will be dashing in to the bracing waters, there will be patients in the hospice, receiving the care they need, thanks to your support.

Please read the Terms and Conditions thoroughly before registering for this event here

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park my car?

There is plenty of space along the seafront at Felixstowe

Where do I register?

Registration takes place from 8.30am opposite Manning’s Amusements on the sea front at Sea Road, Felixstowe. Registration will close at 9.45am. The Dip is at 10am.

How much is the registration?

Registration is:

Early Bird - £7 per person until midnight on 31 October 2017

After Early Bird - £12 per person from 1 November 2017 until midday on Thursday 21 December 2017

Can I register on the day?

Yes, you can register on the day. Tickets are £20 per person. We recommend you register prior to the event as it does get extremely busy that morning. Registration will close at 9.45am.

How old do I need to be?

Entrants must be 10 years of age or over on the 24th December 2017. Any dipper between the age of 10 and 18 must include a named signature of the parent or guardian who must also accompany then throughout the event

Can my family and friends come along to watch?

Yes, we welcome spectators to come down and enjoy the festive atmosphere

What time does the dip take place?

At 10am when the horn sounds and everyone will run into the North Sea!

Will it be safe?

Your safety is most important to us. First Aid cover will be in attendance as will Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service and Eastern Community Assistance Team.

What do I need to wear?

No special clothes are required. You could also come in fancy dress. Please note wetsuits are allowed

Will there be any refreshments?

This year hot drinks will be available from The Coffee Caddy on the promenade however please feel free to bring your own.

Do I have to raise a certain amount of money?

There is no minimum sponsorship however we ask that you try and raise as much money as possible to help St Elizabeth Hospice. Remember every penny you raise go towards helping improve the lives of those with a progressive illness.

You can download a paper sponsor form here . Please ensure each individual's details are added. Gift Aid cannot be claimed without these.

Create your own Just Giving page

Create your own Just Giving page with details of what you are doing, when and why. You can email links to your friends, family and colleagues anywhere in the world and they can donate online by debit or credit card. St Elizabeth Hospice automatically receives any donations made via your page. Simply visit www.justgiving.org.uk. For more information contact the fundraising team on 01473 723600.

What else can I do to raise money?

Many employers will match fund the amounts their employees fundraise. Why not speak with your employer and ask them if they will do this. It is quick and simple and won’t cost you a thing. Usually all they require is a letter from us confirming what you have raised and we will happily provide you with this.

Where shall I send my sponsorship?

Please do not send cash. Send cheques to Fundraising Team, St Elizabeth Hospice, 569 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LX. Please make cheques payable to St Elizabeth Hospice and write your name and Christmas Day Dip 2017 on the reverse of the cheque. Alternatively, you can bring the money to the Hospice in an envelope marked for the Fundraising Team’s attention.

Can I Gift Aid my donation?

You can ask each person that sponsors you to Gift Aid their donation by ticking the Gift Aid box on your sponsor form. Please ensure everyone completes their names and address, including post code, in full to be eligible. If the person sponsoring you is a UK tax payer or pays Capital Gains Tax they can make their donation worth even more. For every £1 they give to us we get an extra 25p.

Can't find the answer? Get in touch. Call 01473 723600

Thank you. See you Christmas Day!

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IP11 2AU

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